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This Man Has a Third Myoelectric Arm On His Body

This Singapore invention caught our
eye and interest at EmTech Asia’s TR35 Innovators presentation. A soft, robotic
glove or Myoelectric Soft Robotic glove that assists people who have suffered
injuries or stroke rehabilitate quicker and in greater comfort. Incredibly the
team led by Raye Yeow from the National University of Singapore (NUS) even came
up with a soft robotic arm that can spring into action as a person’s “third”
arm as and when needed.

Hear what Raye the Lead Investigator
on this project has to comment about technology in the future.

TS: Tell us
what do you think the year 2030 will look like?

RY: In 2030 I will perceive normal
humans can attach additional limbs onto themselves it can be human-like or non-human-like
limbs that will help them do more challenging tasks.

Raye Chen-Hua Yeow, Lead Investigator from National University of Singapore

TS: What
got you started on this project?

RY: I got started at Harvard for my
post doctorate and picked up soft robotics, at that time this was emerging
technology so when I begin to start my professorship at National University of
Singapore (NUS) I got in depth into  how soft robotics can be used to improve the quality of care
for an ageing population. I started thinking about this with a view to make it into a wearable piece so elderly ones or patients with physical needs can be facilitated to better do tasks.

TS: What would say will be the future for the Myoelectric Soft Robotic inventions?

RY: In the
future, I expect all the technology to augment what humans can already do and enhance
the way we do things so that we can perform them with better complexity.

Myoelectric Soft Robotic Glove helping a stroke patient

By Jason Tan / January 26, 2016 10:58PM GMT+8 Singapore

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