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Wheelchairs will now move at the touch of a finger

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, which promotes the development of locally made technologies, has developed wheelchairs that can move by putting a finger on a touchpad.

This will be of great help to the elderly with weak limbs and paraplegics, say experts. By next year, the system will be upgraded such that the wheelchair can be controlled by head movements.

The wheelchairs will be powered by a microcomputer that will send directions to the wheelchair's motor.

Motorised wheelchairs in India are costly because the control panels are imported. Making them locally will reduce costs from Rs 1.5 lakhs to Rs 60,000.

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