Goutam Reddy, an instructor at MIT who first presented the idea of working with the Jaipur Foot Organization to MIT students in February 2007, said the Jaipur Foot Organization fits the largest number of patients with prosthetic limbs in the world.
said the organization does not have the resources to research and develop improved prosthetics.Instead, the organization's prosthetics are only slight improvements on old models. Reddy
hope is to create a mass-manufacturing technique with better quality assurance.He
is also hoping to create an improved design and then produce that particular design en masse, which is how MIT
can help. Reddy believes the project is a perfect fit for MIT students who can create prototypes and designs at MIT at a faster rate than the Jaipur Foot Organization can.
...Reddy became involved with the Jaipur Foot Organization while he was an undergraduate student studying computer science, electrical engineering and math at MIT.He
was trying to find a way to apply those skills to helping people.Luckily, he
said, there was a lab at MIT
which worked on prosthetic devices.Reddy
undergraduate and master's degree research at the lab, concentrating on a robotic ankle.Although Reddy
thought the robotic ankle was interesting work, the device costs about $40,000 per prosthetic, which limited its affordability to people who could be helped.
was working in this lab, he
went on vacation to India with his
parents and they visited Jaipur (Reddy was born in Michigan and his
mother is from Pune, India and his
father is from Andhra Pradesh).He
previously heard of the organization and he
set up a meeting to find out what kinds of prosthetics were available within the Jaipur Foot Organization
ended up spending about two months with the organization, studying the processes and the materials used in manufacturing prosthetics.He
came back with many ideas.
said there have been about three student trips to India so far, and each time they brought something new.
added that they have actually begun cast fitments on patients and have also been getting good feedback from the Jaipur Foot Organization
on how to improve.