Indian scientists work on advanced wheelchairs

Engineers in India are working on a range of advanced wheelchairs that can be controlled with the touch of a finger and one that reads minds.

One is a wheelchair that works on brain signals, a first-of-its-kind product that is for patients suffering from paralysis.

At the Amrita University in Kerala, a wheelchair called Mudra has been developed that can be operated with fingertips or swipe gestures on a touchscreen. It has been designed keeping in mind patients with spinal cord injuries, stroke patients, and elders and physically-challenged.

There is another that runs on an Android app. In cases where patient do not have control in their fingers, a second person can control the motion via Bluetooth, rather than having to push it.

In Chandigarh, doctors have come up with a GPRS-guided wheelchair and stretcher that would help patients to reach various departments within a hospital, and other areas inside the campus.

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