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India company builds affordable Prosthetic implants

Today, thanks to the Hyderabad-based startup Makers Hive and its bionic arm, life is better for the 5.6-million orthopaedically challenged people in India.. The prohibitive cost of prosthetic implants prompted co-founders Harsha Reddy Ponguleti, Pranav Vempati and Suren Marumamula to develop affordable prosthetic arms.

The startup launched its bionic arm—KalArm—in December 2020. “We have received a phenomenal response,” says Vempati, who was recently featured in Forbes 30 Under 30.

Quick Read

● Named after Dr Kalam

● The KalArm is 10-20 times more affordable than any other bionic hands

● It has 18 pre-defined grips that are very carefully curated to help the amputees perform any task effortlessly

● There is also an option to add six custom grips in the KalAssist Mobile app

●  It also has unique features like Wireless Firmware updates and Performance Monitoring on the mobile application

The startup next plans to venture into advanced bionics, exo skeletons and other innovative products such as bionic eyes, Parkinson’s gloves, etc



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