Wednesday, January 24, 2018
TDEA(N)ATION

LIGHTING THE WAY

In a one of a kind concerted effort, Parth Bansal ,recently invented a laser cane for his grandmother, who suffers from the Parkinson’s disease.

Parth’s sincere efforts have proved to be a boon not only for his grandmother, as she is able to walk without anyone’s support, but may soon help many others afflicted with the disease.

The School has proposed to forward Parth’s name for the prestigious ‘Ignite’ Award. Alongside, the student will also initiate the process to patent his invention as it is the first of its kind in the market.

Parth’s grandmother has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder, since the last three years. As the Parkinson’s disease progresses, the amount of dopamine – a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination – produced in the brain decreases, leaving a person unable to control movement normally. The primary signs of the Parkinson’s disease include tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw & face, slowness & freezing of movement and rigidity or stiffness of the limbs & trunk.

The doctor suggested that things like light ray on surface or any illusion which create a hurdle in front of foot could help her in walking. Parth’s father searched for something relevant in the market but couldn’t find anything. Meanwhile, Parth researched extensively about Parkinson’s disease, in his quest to make life easier for someone suffering from this disease.

Parth got an idea to fit a LED plate in the stick that his grandmother was already using, which made a ray of light on the surface. He later added laser light, instead of LED, a switch and cells. He further added more features like a torch & charging facility and his invention is now ready to serve other Parkinson’s patients as well. It is first of its kind in India and abroad.

September-2016