Social Entrepreneur Series - “Robotic Arm”brings rehabilitation to homes [Healthcare]
Social Entrepreneur - Alvin Cheung (left) and Newman Ho (right)
Stroke affects physical capability, but there is a huge chance for a patient to resume a normal life if one could seize the golden treatment period with the aid of proper rehab training. However, rehabilitation equipment in general is bulky and expensive, while queuing time is needed for public rehab service.
Newmen Ho is a researcher in healthcare technology in university. He partnered with Alvin Cheung, who used to work in business management and has a family member suffering from stroke, to develop a handy and economical robotic arm. They hope the robotic arm can be widely used in the community like in the elderly homes, whereby helping more patients to enjoy a speedy recovery.
The robotic arm works with a sensor and a tablet. When a stroke patient wearing the arm tries to hold a cup or hold his/her fist tight, the system will detect signals of the user’s hand movements and guide the hand muscles to complete the corresponding actions. Repeated training can help to restore hand muscle ability.
Hope the popularisation of healthcare technology could allow stroke patients to seize the golden treatment period for a speedy recovery.
Innovative Venture - Deployment of Stroke Rehab Robots in Communities
The innovative venture mentioned above is funded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund and assisted and supported by the Fund’s intermediaries in project implementation. The details of the innovative venture are as follows:
Name of Organisation: Zunosaki Limited
Service nature: Healthcare
Beneficiary group: Elderly
Project type: Start-up
Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator
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