January 20, 2022: Wheelchair developed at R2D2, IIT Madras used for breaking Guinness record. Kamal Kanta Nayak, a youth from Odisha, completed a 213-km run on his manual wheelchair at Bhubaneswar by using Neofly wheelchair. Read more

October 12, 2021: Our Alumnus Guhan Narayanan (B.Tech 2021) has been awarded the Sivasailam Merit Prize, for the best individual BTech project in Mechanical Engineering, the Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Prize for the best outgoing undergraduate student, and the Institute Blues Bronze medal. Congrats Guhan!

August 20, 2021: R2D2 wins the 'Best Assistive Technology Initiative among Educational Institutes' by Assistech Foundation (ATF). We are very proud of our team and the work they do - well done team!

June 18, 2021: Aravind Nehrujee has been awarded the NRDC - national meritorious invention awards - 2020 in the NRDC national budding innovators award of the year category for his research 'plug-and-train robot (PLUTO) for hand rehabilitation'​.

Passionate about developing user-centric devices? Want to refine your design thinking? Join our YouTube channel ( on 3rd July 2021, at 4pm IST as Dr. P V Madhusudhan Rao, Mehra Chair Professor, Head, Department of Design, IIT Delhi shares his thoughts on Design Thinking

  • 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!

  • Oct 29, 2020: Indian Patent No. 350469 has been granted for Body Movement Based Training and Mobility Device. Congratulations to co-inventors Vivek Sarda, Anil Prabhakar (EE), Namita Jacob (Chetana Charitable Trust), and T A Simy (Vidya Sagar)!

NeoMotion has been featured in the media lately:

    • Special coverage by Deccan Herald (video) - Producer: Amulya B

    • The Better India: IITM designs customisable wheelchair that transforms into an electric vehicle

    • YourStory: This startup is helping people with disabilities live a more independent life

  • Sep 10, 2020: US Patent 10,765, 574 B2 dated September 08, 2020 has been granted for Easy to Use Portable Manual Standing Wheelchair with Safety Features and for Outdoor Use. Congratulations to co-inventors Vivek Sarda and Swostik Sourav Dash!

  • Aug 26, 2020: Gunjan Patel has won a SRISTI-GYTI Award for AbleFit: Wearable device for orthopedic and neurological disorder patients. Congratulations to Gunjan!

  • Jul 21, 2020: Indian Patent No. 342114 dated 08th Jul 2013 has been granted for "Swimming Pool Lift for Physically Challenged" by the Indian Patent Office. Congratulations to co-inventor, Swostik Sourav Dash!

  • Jun 05, 2020: Indian Patent No. 338006 dated 01st Dec 2014 has been granted for "A Prosthetic Knee for Uneven Terrain" by the Indian Patent Office. Congratulations to co-inventor, TS Anand!

  • May 22, 2020: Persons with Spinal Cord Injury are a more vulnerable segment to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Check out COVID-19 PANDEMIC & Spinal Cord Injury, a dedicated visual awareness resource with minimal text created to serve as a guide for persons with spinal cord injury. The resource has been produced as part of the Touch REHAB project in collaboration with the Spinal Foundation.

  • Feb 25, 2020: Indian Patent No. 332195 dated 15th June 2015 has been granted for "Flexlock for Tri-state KAFO" by the Indian Patent Office. Congratulations to co-inventor, Ganesh Bapat!

  • Feb 06, 2020: R2D2 has signed an MOU with the Ganga Foundation for a project, as of now christened as Touch REHAB, to develop comprehensive, evidence-based, visual resources to empower persons with spinal cord injury from the acute stage of injury to Living Well with Spinal Cord Injury for a Lifetime

  • Jan 24, 2020: The Arise Team from R2D2, IIT Madras was awarded Ananda Vikatan's Nambikkai Award for Innovation for the development of Arise, the Standing Wheelchair.

  • News Report: R2D2 organized Assistive Technology (AT) Makeathon 2020 in conjunction with IIT Madras' Student Technical Festival SHAASTRA

  • GIAN course on Models of Walking and Running: Human Gait and Robot Locomotion was offered by Prof. James Schmiedeler of the University of Notre Dame from July 22-27, 2019.

  • GIAN course on Computational Musculoskeletal Biomechanics was offered by Prof. Marcus Pandy of the University of Melbourne from Sep 01-10, 2018

  • NeoMotion's Mobility Solutions - NeoFly and NeoBolt - win the Design: Impact Awards for Social Change instituted by Titan Company in collaboration with Tata Trusts! The awards ceremony was held on July 24 in Mumbai. The Award provides a grant of upto Rs.65 lakhs for each project, an opportunity for seed funding of an equal amount, and mentorship support.

  • NeoMotion's products-to-be showcased during German President's visit to IITM! German President impressed by IITM startups

  • Design patent no.290751 dated Dec 28, 2017 has been granted for "Lever operated knee joint for orthosis and prosthesis" by the Indian Patent Office. Congratulations to co-inventors, Ganesh Bapat and Muthuvishvashwaran!

  • Design patent no. 294291 dated 31 May 2017 has been granted for "Portable manual standing wheelchair" by the Indian Patent Office. Congratulations to co-inventors, Vivek Sarda and Swostik Dash!

  • Congratulations to Ganesh Bapat on winning the prestigious Keshav-Rangnath Award for Excellence in Research 2017! The award, instituted by IITM Distinguished Alumnus, Dr. Prakash Kesavaiah, is given jointly to a PhD scholar and his/her guide for the most impactful work. Ganesh's thesis is on the design, analysis and clinical assessment of orthotic knee joints. His work has the potential to impact millions of users because he has used scientific rigor in analysis in conjunction with biomechanical and clinical inputs to arrive at informed, practically realizable, cost-effective solutions for orthotic knee joints.

  • Design patent no.290752 dated Feb 10, 2017 has been granted for "Lever operated knee joint for orthosis and prosthesis" by the Indian Patent Office. Congratulations to co-inventors, Ganesh Bapat and Muthuvishvashwaran!

  • Team Aseem comprising Swostik Dash, Vivek Sarda and Ashish Sharma won second place at the ICRC's Enable Makeathon 2016 for their add-on device that can convert any wheelchair into a manual tricycle (NeoRider) or a motorized one (NeoBolt) for outdoor use.

R2D2 in the Media

Launch of Arise, the Standing Wheelchair

Inauguration of the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development: January 2015