ISRO artificial limbs: Don’t worry about having no legs, you can walk again with this knee made by ISRO!

The International Space Research Organization (ISRO) has developed a new artificial limb. A newly developed ‘Microprocessor-Controlled Knee (MPK)’ is soon to hit the market. This very light artificial limb will be very useful for the disabled. It is known that this organ will be available at about 10 times cheaper than the artificial organs available in the market. ISRO revealed that this organ will help amputees on their knees to walk comfortably.

ISRO develops a spin-off intelligent artificial limb for above-knee amputees to walk with a comfortable gait. A 1.6 kg Microprocessor-controlled knee(MPK) enabled an amputee to walk ~100 m in a corridor with little support. Betterment underway @socialpwds

— ISRO (@isro) September 23, 2022

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1. ISRO’s  microprocessor-controlled knee weighs only 1.6 kg.  Enables a disabled person to walk about 100 meters. ISRO has said that it is developing it for longer range. 

2. Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC), ISRO has provided these MPKs to National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (NILD), Deendayal. Developed by Upadhyay National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (Divyangajan). Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) is also involved, ISRO said.  

3. Based on the sensor data of this artificial limb..  The microprocessor detects the walking condition. This makes it more comfortable for the disabled person to use the limb. Specific walking parameters for amputees are established using PC based software. It gives a nice driving experience.

4. MPKs currently available in the country are priced heavily. Around Rs.10 lakh to Rs. 60 lakhs. However, the price of these MPKs developed by ISRO is only Rs.4 to Rs. It seems to be up to 5 lakhs.   

5. Optimization of MPKs in terms of size is underway.  With advanced features for added convenience, ISRO said that the disabled will be able to walk in any conditions.

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