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Asish Mohandas student of IIT-Kanpur wins James Dyson Award for MAATTAM

Asish Mohandas student of IIT-Kanpur wins James Dyson Award for MAATTAM

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Asish Mohandas, a product design student of IIT-Kanpur, won the India James Dyson Award for his ground-breaking product that will help in the proficient relocation of patients from one place to the other without causing them any pain. It was for the first time that it was extended to an Indian student.


Asish Mohandas, a product design student of IIT-Kanpur, won the India James Dyson Award for his ground-breaking product that will help in the proficient relocation of patients from one place to the other without causing them any pain. The product called as "MAATTAM" a retrofit patient transfer system, works like a treadmill which has a moving platform with a wide conveyor fabric belt and rollers on either ends.

The young lad designed it as a part of his final year degree project. The James Dyson Award runs in 23 countries and it was for the first time that it was extended to an Indian student. 

Having done surveys amongst doctors, nurses and ward boys, Mohandas found the greater part of hospitals and clinics in India do not have a competent stretcher that transfers patient without any pain.

Maattam - Retrofit Patient Transfer System from Asish Mohandas on Vimeo.

Asish said “I wanted to design a simple, affordable and retrofit solution which would most appropriately solve the problem of patient transfer in hospitals and create a better experience, every time the patient is getting transferred. It will also ensure evading the problem of spine disorders while shifting”.

The apparatus functions alike treadmill having a moving platform with a wide conveyor fabric belt and rollers on either end. MAATTAM being a retrofit can be put on the top of any wheeled stretcher with a flat top surface having height adjustment facility and converting it into a transfer stretcher.  To make sure the functionality, a 1:2 scale sample was made-up and was tested by transferring a mannequin. Later it was also tested with a human body, by transferring the child from a resting unit to the stretcher.

This innovation will now be running for the International Winner Award and prize money of £30000. The international winner and finalists will be announced on October 26, 2017.

The James Dyson Award looks for extraordinary yet easy designs with the potential to have a huge impact on society.

Accompanying MAATTAM are four Indian runners-up: Eco-friendly faucet, Railroad crack detection bot, QuiSmo, and Saviour.


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