Updated: Apr 8, 2019
Smart Autonomous Wheelchair For Medical Care In Singapore
Singapore, like most developed countries, have a rapidly growing elderly population. By 2030, the number of Singaporeans aged 65 and older is projected to double to 900,000.
By then, out of 4 Singaporeans, one is expected to require elder care, a situation which will place considerable strain on our government’s healthcare system.
When it comes to technology Singapore has often been ahead of the pack to help care for its elderly thus the use of robots, together with other smart monitoring systems and mobile applications, could certainly go a long way towards reducing the workloads of human caregivers.
Introduced at CES 2016, Segway Robotics’ Loomo Robot combines a self-balancing Segway transporter with artificial intelligence capabilities such as autonomous navigation, speech, and facial and voice recognition. Loomo has been selected to meet the needs of the elderly and medical care in Singapore. The solution of Loomo would be to have it attached on wheelchairs is to free up caregivers, who spend 10 percent of their time pushing patients around. With the shortage of caregivers, Loomo will also allow caregivers to serve more patients assuring that Loomo can take care of the elderly and sick seamlessly without any supervision.
Loomo has been proven to be very stable with man useful sensors, including Intel’s RealSense Camera and while in motion it helps elderly who lost the ability to move to take great advantage of Loomo to move from point to point.
Loomo two-wheeler robotic platforms has a software development kit (SDK) and hardware extension for developers to design applications that allow caregivers to use apps to tell Loomo where to bring wheelchair-bound patients and the ability to view and detect obstacles while on the move.
Botler a Singapore-based company won the top prize at the MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics Singapore 2017 when Botler implemented a smart two-wheel attachment using Loomo Robot to wheelchairs. Mr Kok of Botler told e27, “We observed the challenges faced when hiring caregivers and the labour intensity involved in managing wheelchair users. Thus, we asked ourselves why not ‘hack’ Loomo to autonomously ferry the wheelchair users around?”
Healthcare workers just by using a propriety app would be able to move wheelchair-bound patients to their desired location without lifting a finger. Tracking these patients and talking to them through the app is a great solution for patients stricken with cognitive disabilities such as dementia.
The Botler team is now developing a universal adapter that could be attached to most wheelchairs and a magnetic docking mechanism that would be connected to Segway Robotics’ Loomo.
Blotler team currently is working with Segway Robotics’ Loomo, access to prototyping facility labs to test and build the two-wheeler Robot solution for commercial