Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) have developed a motorized wheelchair vehicle that can be used not only on roads but even on uneven terrains. Called ‘NeoBolt’, it has a maximum speed of 25 kmph and travels up to 25 km per charge.
NeoBolt is developed by a team led by professor Sujatha Srinivasan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras, and has been commercialised through a startup called ‘NeoMotion.’ The Startup has been co-founded by professor Srinivasan and an IIT Madras Alumni, Swostik Sourav Dash, who is the CEO of NeoMotion.
The start-up has also developed and commercially launched ‘NeoFly,’ a personalised wheelchair. “NeoFly is a wheelchair that is customised to the user. It is built to provide comfort, efficient propulsion, higher manoeuvrability and superior ergonomics. The motor-powered attachment, NeoBolt converts NeoFly into a safe, road-worthy vehicle that can navigate any kind of terrain that we may normally encounter – drive through unpaved streets or climb a steep gradient. And do this comfortably as it has suspensions to absorb the shocks,” said Prof. Sujatha Srinivasan.
“Along with product warranty, we provide spare parts and after-sales service so that our users can use the products hassle-free. Our immediate focus is to ramp up production and make NeoFly and NeoBolt available to users across India. NeoFly personalized wheelchair is available at Rs 39,900 and NeoBolt motorized add-on is available at Rs 55,000. We offer convenient EMI options,” said Dash.