ISRO develops Microprocessor-Controlled Smart Limbs – The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed a microprocessor-controlled knee (MPK) which is ten times cheaper than imported ones. It will help above-knee amputees to walk with a comfortable gait. A microprocessor-controlled knee (MPK) consists of a microprocessor, hydraulic damper, load and knee angle sensors, composite knee case, Li-ion battery, electrical harness, and interface elements.
- the artificial limb aims to provide additional capabilities for the amputee with microprocessors than those offered by the passive limbs without microprocessors.
- Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), ISRO under an MoU with National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (NILD), Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (Divyangjan) (PDUNIPPD (D)), and the Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) are developing these smart MPKs.
- The MPK will enable an amputee to walk about 100 metres in a corridor with minimum support.
- Presently, MPKs are imported in India and priced between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 60 lakh based on the complexity and functionality.
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