AT the recent BES-SEC Design Award Competition, held in Singapore from 7 to 10 December, at the 16th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering 2016, Yap Hong Kai (Ph.D. student, NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering), together with his team member, Wu Po Cheng (Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering) and team advisor Assistant Professor Raye Yeow, Department of Biomedical Engineering, clinched the top prize.
The NUS Engineering team received the Gold Award for their project titled “EsoGloveX: An Economical Soft Robotic Glove for Hand Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients”. The EsoGloveX is simple and cost-effective as it is made entirely of readily-available fabric-based components. It does not require complicated mechanical setups.
The team’s innovative, economical soft robotic glove can assist stroke survivors with safe at-home robot-assisted hand rehabilitation, which prevents or treats post-stroke hand contractures and improves hand mobility. Conventional hand rehabilitation devices currently available are costly, rigid and bulky, and they restrict natural body movements when used.
The team members have already filed a patent for their invention, and an NUS spinoff company, Roceso Technologies Pte Ltd, has been incorporated to commercialise the EsoGlove series of soft robotic gloves.
The BES-SEC Design Award Competition is a frugal medical device challenge, where twelve international finalist teams compete to develop low-cost medical device for resource-scarce communities. The design competition is jointly organised by the Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore) (BES) and the Society of Engineers for the Community (SEC).