TU-K Student Innovator Shortlisted for Africa Prize
Peter Mbiria, a Technical University of Kenya student has been shortlisted for The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, scheduled to take place in London, this month.
Mr. Mbiria who is pursuing a Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, is among 16 contestants selected from the African continent, to participate in the competition and subsequent award organized by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Mbiria’s innovation is on Electric Convertible (E-con ) wheelchair (a specialized off-road wheelchair for the disabled). It is an attraction both locally and internationally. If he wins the award, he will become the first Kenyan student innovator to walk away with the coveted prize.
The wheelchair features multiple smart functions that enable the user to be mobile, comfortable and independent. The idea of designing it came in the year 2011 and the first prototype was developed in August 2014 for testing purposes.
The wheelchair has aspects of a tank belt system though inverted, a 4 by 4 vehicle systems and a manual wheelchair both modified to suit the terrain environment.