Mutahi Ngunyi Pledges to Pay Fees for Students Who Invented Bio-Robotic Prosthetic Arm
Mutahi Ngunyi, a famous political analyst, has pledged to help two brilliant students who invented a bio-robotic prosthetic arm.
This was communicated via his Twitter page on the 25th of May 2021 where the political analyst promised to make funds available for the brilliant duo to continue with their studies without interruption.
Mutahi Ngunyi was responding to a viral video of the two clever individuals, David Gathu and Moses Kinyua, who explained how the equipment works.
“Where can I find these Kikuyus? Friends of Uhuru Kenyatta (FoUK) will pay for their university fees. Send contact through a private message,” Twitted Ngunyi.
Mr. Gathu and Mr. Kinyua had dropped out of university due to lack of fees but they kept working on their own and gain knowledge in their respective fields of specialization.
The two revealed that they created the robotic arm that uses brain signals to move its hand with the intention of helping people who live with disabilities to enhance their ability to move in their everyday lives.
“When we were growing up together, we saw that people living with disabilities in towns and villages were going through many difficulties in their day-to-day mobility and activities,” said Kinyua.
Gathu said that the device has the potential of helping people who are abled differently to move from being dependent on others to be independent.
“We wanted to help those people who have lost the use of their limbs, the disabled people, our aim is to give them something that would help them be independent in their daily activities,” added Gathu.
The robotic arm comprises of recycled wood and other materials. Its movement is both horizontal and vertical, making it convenient for people with disabilities to operate.
The duo have not ventured into mass production of the arm because of a lack of finances.
According to the 2019 census, people with disabilities are around 2.2 percent of the whole population of Kenyans. This makes it around 0.9 million people with disabilities.
The robotic arm would therefore be helpful if the two brilliant minds are supported with finances.