Robotic shoe by Mumbai students

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Students from Mumbai have come up with a really innovative concept to provide relief to patients having flat feet and help them walk faster. They have made a robotic shoe sole that is capable of transforming itself in accordance to its surface.

These students won the first prize in the Open European Championship of the First Lego League held in Netherlands in June this year. FIRST LEGO League Open Championships are robotics competitions held and managed by FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Partners to bring teams from many states, regions and countries together to compete in host cities around the world.

The FLL is an international competition for elementary and middle school students conducted by FIRST organization which was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields.

These students are aged between 11 and 14. The team consisted of Parth Mehta, Anant Kandoi and Shikhar Bhakada of Jamnabai Narsee School, Juhu, along with Ansh Verma from Ecole Mondiale, Juhu and Harshavardhan Raje, from Sulochanadevi Singhania School in Thane.

The students had named their project “Happy Feet” and worked over it for more than a year. They now want to register a patent for their project. Happy Feet is a robot that is integrated into the shoes of the person who has flat feet, thus providing relief to them when they perform various activities such as run, walk, jump, climb etc. The pressure applied at different pressure points is different.

The students came up with this idea because two of them who are patients of the syndrome themselves. The syndrome causes the foot to become flat when a person stands up and the arch of the foot disappears. This is a problem many people face and it is basically a genetic problem, but most of the time it is developed.

With India’s future in the hands of such talented children, no wonder India is expected to become a super-power by 2030. We are keeping our fingers crossed!

Sources:

http://www.techieask.com/2011/07/school-students-develop-a-robot-to-relieve-flat-foot-patients/

http://www.wikipedia.org

http://raaganews.com/?p=1049

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