Rise Legs: affordable prosthetics in Bangalore
Dec 20, 2015
Olin ‘17 student Kelly Brennan took a leave of absence in fall 2015 to intern at Ayzh, a women’s health advocacy group in Chennai, India. While there, she also conducted some independent lab research on prosthetics fabrication in Bangalore. This report is about her visit to Rise Legs in Bangalore.
Coming soon is a record of her conversation with entrepreneur Arun Cherian about how and why he makes the lower leg limbs he does, the material and fabrication choices and methods, and more.
See below some images from the fabrication process that Kelly shot while there. The legs are made from local cane trees, a renewable resource and commonly used material for furniture in India. Cane has both rigid strength and springiness—it gives a it when you put your weight on it. Cherian noticed that high tech prosthetic limbs, like the C-leg, were made to achieve this spring quality, so he decided to pursue a much more accessible and affordable version.