Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro; Karachi Section; IMS society
Individuals with locomotive disabilities like arthritis, post-polio syndrome, and, vascular disease are incapable of climbing the stairs on their own so stairlifts are often used to carry them. Existing stairlifts are prohibitively expensive ($2000-$6000). To fill this cost-based product gap, this EPICS in IEEE team from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro is designing a low-cost stairlift with locally available materials.
The idea for the prototype is a Stairlift with a single chair that glides up and down on the preinstalled track and carries the person to the upper story of the building. The team is passionate about creating a usable product to help differently-abled persons.
After completing the design, the project will proceed to market for public use for both individual use and organizational use at an affordable cost. The team has outlined a budget estimating that the total manufacturing cost is $980 per unit. After the design process, the team will deploy 10 units and will work with NGOs/NPOs in the nearby community.
This project is part of the EPICS in IEEE Access and Abilities Competition and received a grant of $9,800 from EPICS in IEEE to complete the project. Below are the individuals involved in the project.
Prof. Dr. Attiya Baqai (Professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering MUET, Jamshoro)
Prof. Dr. Tanweer Hussain Phulpoto (Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering MUET, Jamshoro)
Engr. Burhan Aslam Arain (Lab supervisor at the Department of Electronic Engineering MUET, Jamshoro)
Engr. Muhammad Saleem Umrani (Graduate BE Electronic Engineering MUET, Jamshoro)
Muhammad Mustafa (Final year BE Electronic Engineering MUET, Jamshoro)
Muhammad Faizan(Final year BE Mechatronics Engineering MUET, Jamshoro)
Pardeep Kumar (Final year BE Software Engineering MUET, Jamshoro)
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