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Lankan youth invents advanced artificial leg

COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan youth Aruna Sajeewa Samarawickrama has invented a flexible artificial leg. The product has been named ‘New Plex’. The artificial leg has also received the silver medal at the 35th New Inventors Competition in Geneva.

“After examining the other artificial limb products carefully, I identified the shortcomings and overcame those faults,” Samarawickrama said.

“I have a friend who lost his leg at the battle field at Chavakachcheri in 1992. He had to face many difficulties when he used imported artificial legs. Then I drew my attention on manufacturing a new leg without having such shortcomings,” he added.

But the product New Plex is light weight and comes with great flexibility at joints. When it comes to the other products the customer has to produce the measurement of the remaining lag if he or she wants to purchase an artificial leg.

According to the given data the leg is produced to tally with the remaining leg. But the customer doesn’t want to produce measurements when he or she goes for a New Plex since it has an adjustment which is suitable for any sort of person.

The imported product cost more than Rs. 200,000 while the New Plex will cost approximately Rs 100,000 since metal and stainless steel which will be used will have to be imported from German.

“Many countries are interested in buying the technology of New Plex. But I want to manufacture it locally and help especially the young soldiers who lost their legs in the battlefield” Samarawickrama pointed out.

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