Walking sticks have been assisting the elderly since time immemorial. From wood to plastic – there are enough and more options when it comes to buying the perfect walking stick.
But have you come across a walking stick that lets you charge your phone?
Or one that has a torch?
Or one with a braking system?
A 17-year-old boy from Jewar, Greater Noida, has innovated a self-power generating stick that has all of these!
Akash Singh, a student of Government Polytechnic College in Manesar, Gurgaon, came up with the idea almost a year back after watching his grandfather use one during his morning walks.
“My septuagenarian grandfather always carries a walking stick with him for his morning walks. I realised that though the stick offered support, it ended up tiring him and often proved heavy to lift. That’s when I thought of a walking stick that could enable easier mobility and be lightweight at the same time,” he says.
Equipped with a wheel that has a power-braking system, the device has an internal power generating mechanism that lets one charge their mobile phone and is equipped with an alarm along with a torch and compass.
“Though the idea had been hovering in my head for almost a year, it took me a while to formalise the concept and turn it into a working model. Spending almost an equal measure of time for developing the mechanical and electrical aspects, it took me around four months to develop the walking stick,” Akash tells us.
Clubbing together three electrical circuits and a dynamo that enables the braking system, the young man’s device is a wonder in itself.
“The wheel in the stick will not only help the elderly but also those who have physical disabilities. The horn/alarm in it can help alert or call someone during an emergency, while its lightness will pave way for easier mobility,” he explains.
Akash attributes his college professor Zakir Hussain for providing unfaltering support and motivation throughout the period. One of his classmates, Sachin Attri, had also been of great help for making the project materialise.
The self-power generating stick isn’t the only apparatus that Akash has created. In fact, this is his second innovation.
Previously, he had innovated a machine that could produce energy using wind last year. His innovative idea found praise from the Prime Minister’s Office and was forwarded to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for testing.
Following the successful completion of the walking stick, Akash was invited to Harayana’s Golden Jubilee celebration by the ministry to display his innovation in April this year, where he received a lot of appreciation for his idea.
But how much does the stick cost?
“The entire cost of assembling the apparatus came up to ₹1500. This way, people not only benefit from the device for its functionalities but also benefit economically,” Akash adds.
You can get in touch with Akash at firstname.lastname@example.org.