TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

NEW: Check the Resources page for a video and forms to determine the suitability, prescription and use of the Arise Standing Wheelchair!

Arise SWC



Prosthetic Knee

R2D2 is the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development at IIT Madras, headed by Prof. Sujatha Srinivasan of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The group is involved in research related to human movement, and the design and development of rehabilitation and assistive devices for people with movement impairments. R2D2 engineers affordable products for rehabilitation needs in India and beyond, works with clinical specialists, NGOs, hospitals, etc., to field-test the designs, and fosters a research environment to evaluate assistive device designs from biomechanical and functional standpoints.

Using appropriate technology, scientific methods and innovative translational models, R2D2 aims to enable easy accessibility and affordability of assistive devices and rehabilitation resources. R2D2 has successfully transferred technology to like-minded industrial partners including its startup, NeoMotion.

The first product from R2D2 was launched on November 05, 2019 in collaboration with industry partner, Phoenix Medical Systems! The Standing Wheelchair, named Arise, was launched at IITM Research Park by the Hon'ble Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot.

Products from NeoMotion (IITM incubated startup from R2D2): NeoFly and NeoBolt are also in the market!

  • Feb 25, 2021: The second edition of the AT Makeathon was held during Shaastra 2021. Congratulations to the joint first place winners - Atmanirbhar Drishti and Robotic Mobilizer, third place winner RetroRamp, and special mention AutoCath! Thanks to all the teams who participated, and we hope to see you back next year!

  • Dec 31, 2020: Indian Patent No. 354473 has been granted for Method and Apparatus for Measuring Spatiotemporal Parameters for Gait and Movement Analysis. Congratulations to co-inventors Gunjan Patel and Dr. Rajdeep Ojha (CMC Vellore)!

  • Nov 27, 2020: Indian Patent No. 352476 has been granted for Safe Clip-on Attachment to Convert Wheelchair into an Outdoor Vehicle. Congratulations to co-inventors Swostik Sourav Dash and Vivek Sarda!

  • Nov 16, 2020: Congratulations to Bala (Dr. TM Balaramakrishnan) on successfully defending his PhD!

  • Nov 11, 2020: Indian Patent No. 351385 has been granted for A Multi-Position Wheelchair. Congratulations to co-inventor Harshal Chaudhari!