Odisha students develop wheelchair that can run on solar power!
A group of students at the Swami Vivekananda National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research at Olatpur in Odisha have developed a solar-powered wheelchair.
Idea was born after students saw difficulties faced by disabled
The final year Bachelor of Physiotherapy students designed the wheelchair to ease the travel difficulties faced by the disabled. They saw that people with disabilities had a tough time coming to their university in navigating the wheels with their hands. This moved them to develop the device.
Once charged, the wheelchair can function for about three hours, and it can move at a speed of 15 to 20 km per hour. It has an accelerator and break to control speed and also has an horn. The parts are removable and can be repaired or replaced by local electricians in case of a breakdown.
Wheelchair is priced low so its affordable
Trials have been done on people with spinal cord injuries and they have been appreciated. The cost is also affordable for everyone.