Innovative Robotics Can Change the World of Differently Abled Individuals

January 11, 2019

Every year fires strike different parts of the world. When I think of the devastating consequences that happen to a common man, I wonder how a differently abled individual would manage to survive or escape from the ruthless fire accidents. Thinking on a larger scale, there are millions of vulnerable, physically challenged individuals who use wheel-chair and are dependent on other individuals, ramps and elevators for their mobility. Construction of wheelchair ramp is no easy task.

Besides, providing ramps to all floors of the high rise buildings practically is difficult and will take a great deal of space. This makes the wheel-chair users dependant on elevators. But elevators cannot be used in times of fire or disaster making the differently abled dependant on others for their safety and security. More than one person is needed to lift or move a paraplegic which can be extremely difficult risking the life of the rescuers as well. Besides, it could be dangerous to the well- being of the victim because of pain and restricted movements.

All these problems can make the emergency situation even worse. So, I started researching and realized that there were evacuation chairs, but these too needed rescuers to assist them. With these things in mind, I spent hours trying to make a robotic model that would meet the requirements of the differently abled. Driven by my passion, I worked with imagination and believed in myself. By using robotics, I came up with a Staircase Climbing Smart Wheelchair that will help the individual using wheelchair of diverse range of ages to gain access to any entrance. It is suitable for all sorts of buildings, even those which do not have ramps. The human assistance is also not needed as it can be operated by remote control.

The Staircase Climber Wheelchair can climb any number of floors and is powered by electricity or solar energy. The speed can be adjusted as per the need of the user. The front and rear wheels are connected to the gear systems and suitable for 360 degree rotation. Also, an additional feature is that when the fire alarm rings , the built- in sound trigger will get activated , which will in turn activate the wheel-chair automatically, directing the individual who uses the wheelchair to the nearest emergency door exit. Adaptation of my Staircase Climbing Smart Wheel- chair can help the differently abled and give them a dignified, independent, safe and secure life.

By Brent Adrial D’Souza
Brent Adrial D’Souza is a 12-year-old studying at Cambridge International School, Dubai.
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Comment on this article

  • FREDSON MARTIS, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Jan 20 2019

    Congratulations Brent. Wish you all the best. Keep posting such articles :)

  • Fredrick Martis, Belle

    Tue, Jan 15 2019

    Lovely achievement dear Brent
    Brilliance at it's infancy.
    A humble step into the future.
    May your hard work be the morning star to the innumerable less abled.
    May you shine wherever you go.

  • Slawyn, Orlem Malad West

    Mon, Jan 14 2019

    Congratulations Brent on your innovative thinking. There is definitely a dire need in creating a product such as yours, which assist the disabled in times of emergencies or otherwise. Wish you all the very best!

  • Vinod Cap, Belthangady

    Mon, Jan 14 2019

    Well done dear Brent. Thanks for your kind interaction with the most vulnerable children. May you grow in knowledge and wisdom. God bless you and your parents too...

  • Judy Lewis UFS, Thottam/Udupi

    Mon, Jan 14 2019

    Congratulations dear Brent. What an amazing article. Keep writing. May God bless you always.

  • Jason, Thottam, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    Congratulation Dear Brent
    Excellent One and you have done tremendous Job here.
    So keep working on your skills and I sure that your skills it will be more helpful to mankind and you will have rewarding career.
    God bless you.

  • Venus, Karama

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    Hi Brent, interesting read. You have a very innovative mind. The sky is the limit for you. Keep going. All the best.

  • Brinelle, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    Congratulations Brent!
    We are proud of you. All the best!!

  • Chris, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    Great work Brent! It is indeed very kind and humble of you to use your god given talents on making life easier for the less fortunate!

  • Vincent D'sa, Dubai,Shankerpura.

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    This article is the result of the meeting between kind heart and brilliant brain. Good luck to you.

  • Dona, Sharjah

    Sat, Jan 12 2019

    Great work Brent.Keep going. Hope you'll come up with more articles as this one, which can be of great help to mankind.:)

  • Reisha D'Souza, Abu Dhabi

    Sat, Jan 12 2019

    Well done Brent! You are destined to make it big, you just didn’t know it. This recognition is surely deserved and will give you an opportunity to spread your wings.

  • Fiona Pereira, Abu Dhabi

    Sat, Jan 12 2019

    Great and inspiring work Brent! I’m sure this innovative form of technology will work wonders and be a pioneer of positive change in today’s world. Keep up the good work!

  • Geralyn Pinto, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 12 2019

    Warmest congratulations to Brent, his parents, siblings and teachers! To Brent for his deep and innovative thinking; absolutely remarkable in one so young. To his family and schoolteachers for having created an environment in which such interests and creativity are both stimulated and nurtured.
    Best wishes to the lad for the future.

  • Chelsea, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 11 2019

    Very innovative Brent! Keep up the good work!

  • John Monteiro, Bondel Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 11 2019

    Brent richly deserves congratulations and all help to develop his wonderful Stair-case Climbing Smart Wheelchair. That he is only 12-year-old means we have a wonder-kid who is set to go places to help physically handicapped persons to dismiss fear of any potentially dangerous situation like fire. I hope he gets the requisite backing from enlightened and philanthropic persons to develop his prototype and mass-produce it so that it is within the reach of handicapped persons price-wise.
    I had briefly known a person, Merwyn Vas (b.18/12/1970) differently-abled and living near Kankanady Market .Though Wheel-chair for movement, he led a near-normal life and sustained himself giving tuitions to senior students. I got a clearance from Daijiworld to write about him. But, he refused to be interviewed and thus garner public sympathy.
    He was good at using computers and tapping the net. He ordered a stair-case-climbing wheel-chair from Australia – if I remember right. But, when it landed at Bangalore airport, the Customs slapped a very heavy duty which would have further crushed him.
    Finally, either the media or some caring person intervened and not only the duty was waived but the Customs boss in Bangaluru saw to it that the wheelchair was deliverer to his flat in Mangaluru free of freight charges.
    As I remember, it was sophisticated and powerful – but bulky and heavy. I think Brent’s versatile and light wheel chair would have better mobility and lower cost. I wish all the best to Brent and pray that he gets much-deserved help to develop it further so that it reaches where it should.
    Finally, Brent’s presentation is simple, cogent and attention-arresting for his tender age. Way to go Brent!

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