Some days ago, a tragic accident led to an 80-year-old falling on the road and dying. This incident deeply affected V Anjali, 14, from Peddapalli district. She, along with two friends, came up with a ‘Friendly Stick’ for the differently-abled and elderly.
“Last year, our neighbour’s father fell down during his evening walk. He lay unconscious on the road for more than half an hour. By the time he was rushed to a hospital, it was too late. The incident shook me. Had his family known of the incident immediately, he would have survived. I thought a multi-purpose walking stick, with a GPS and sensor should be made to help people in these situations,” The New Indian Express quoted Anjali as saying.
Following the incident, Anjali discussed the idea with her school friends K Vyashilini and A Harshita. Under the guidance of their Zilla Parishad school teachers, the three young girls designed and developed a prototype of the walking stick in just four months.
Anjali, displaying the prototype at the Assistive Exhibition on Thursday, December 3, said: “Our multipurpose stick can be used not just as a walking stick but also as a folding chair. The stick is also equipped with lights to help users navigate in the dark. The most unique feature of this stick is that it will have a GPS system and an alert sensor to inform the family about the whereabouts of the user in case of a fall.”