Students make voice-controlled wheelchair
Palakkad: A wheelchair that responds to your voice message will be a surprise for all. But a group of students have invented such a wheel chair. Final year students at NSS Engineering College in Palakkad have developed this wheelchair as part of their project.
According to the students, voice-controlled wheelchair is available in the market but it is too expensive for the common man. But these students claim that they can develop the wheelchair for affordable prices.
The students have spent over Rs 8000 to make the wheelchair that is attached with a motor of car wiper. They are confident that they can make the wheelchair with better motor and other facilities for Rs.10,000. The young inventors claim that people who have weight upto 75 kg can use this wheelchair.
“ A small chip called voice module is installed on the micro controller of the wheelchair. Directions will be given through this chip. We are ready to make more voice-controlled wheelchairs for hospitals and palliative care units,” said P Athira and Midhun Mohan, final year Electrical and Electronics students.
Jithu S, M Lekith, CK Manu Shankar and CS Shilpa are the other students who designed and made the wheelchair.
Presently, it has an iron frame attached with cycle wheels.
“Replacing iron frame with fibre frame will reduce the weight of the wheelchair. It will improve operation of the wheelchair,” said Electrical and electronics department head Dr V Devi and professor C Praveen Kumar.