What are the microprocessor-controlled knees developed by ISRO?

Microprocessor-controlled knees: ISRO has announced the development of new Microprocessor Controlled Knees or MPKs that will help amputees walk comfortably. The current range of these MPS is about 100 meters.

This means that amputees can walk up to 100 meters down a hallway without any support. These MPKs offer extended capabilities to amputees more than those without microprocessors. These MPKs are a spin-off of space technology used for space exploration.

These smart MPKs are developed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, ISRO under a Memorandum of Understanding with National Institute of Locomotor Disabilities (NILD), Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (Divyangjan) (PDUNIPPD (D)) and Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO).

According to the latest test results, a 1.6 kg MPK allowed an amputee to walk a distance of 100 meters without any support in a hallway.

The performance of MPKs will be updated soon as efforts are made to improve the operation of the device.

What is an MPK?

An MPK consists of a microprocessor, hydraulic shock absorber, composite knee box, load and knee aISRO has developed new microprocessor controlled knees or MPKs that will help amputees walk 100 meters without any support.ngle sensors, lithium-ion battery, electrical harness and interface elements.

The MPKs under development are expected to be around 5 lakh once the product is marketed. It is approximately 2 to 10 times less expensive than the knee prostheses currently available on the market.

According to the market rate, current artificial limbs cost around 10-60 lakh.

MPK – Trials

During the initial phase, walking trials were conducted with the non-amputees, which was done to update the software and also to fine-tune the parameters. The device was also tested on amputees, but only after the required approval from the Joint Project Monitoring Committee (JPMC).

Microprocessor Controlled Knees – What’s Next?

Techniques are being tested and developed by ISRO to allow users to be able to walk on uneven surfaces or terrain with greater comfort.

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