Superior tech ‘devices’ assist enhance life for weak teams in society

Advanced tech 'gadgets' help improve life for vulnerable groups in society

Ti Gong

“Medical robots” designed and manufactured by Shanghai-based Fourier Intelligence have been exported to over 30 international locations and areas.

There’s a Chinese language proverb that claims “It takes not less than 100 days to get better from a damaged bone.” Nicely, that wasn’t the case for Zhu Ruihua.

The aged Shanghai resident broke her leg after a fall. As an alternative of being laid up for 3 months, she convalesced for simply two weeks after surgical procedure with the assistance of synthetic intelligence robots.

“There are completely different modes on this machine that may assist enhance my leg motion. It’s actually helpful,” Zhu advised CCTV information.

Her story is typical of how superior applied sciences are making life higher for the disabled, the aged and people with severe well being points, all facilitated by the lively participation of tech companies.

They’re bettering and upgrading accessibility and providers for weak teams, masking good units, smartphones, computer systems, good houses and digital leisure. And they’re growing the designs and interfaces utilized in these devices.

The “medical robots” utilized by Zhu have been designed and manufactured by Shanghai-based Fourier Intelligence, which has exported the robots to over 30 international locations and areas.

Advanced tech 'gadgets' help improve life for vulnerable groups in society

Exoskeleton and rehabilitation robotic developed by Fourier Intelligence

Leveraging clever robotics, good actuators, sensors, machine-learning and proprietary management algorithms, the corporate developed an clever healthcare robotic platform, referred to as RehabHub, that delivers tailor-made digital well being care to revolutionize the rehabilitation trade.

“The rehabilitation market has important tech adoption potential,” stated Fourier Intelligence Founder and CEO Alex Gu.

“China sees rising demand for rehabilitation providers with an getting older inhabitants, an elevated variety of sufferers with continual ailments, and rehab growth in clinics,” Gu stated.

China’s seventh nationwide census carried out in 2020 exhibits the variety of Chinese language folks on the mainland aged 60 or above has reached 264.02 million, accounting for 18.7 % of the full inhabitants. It is 5.44 share factors greater than the extent in 2010 when the sixth census was carried out.

It is a problem but a possibility to develop the “silver financial system.”

With optimistic market outlook, Fourier Intelligence obtained funding of 400 million yuan (US$59 million) in January, the funding led by Softbank and backed by Saudi Aramco and Yuanjing Capital.

Advanced tech 'gadgets' help improve life for vulnerable groups in society

Ti Gong

A Chinese language model of the “Inclusive Design Handbook” has been launched to spice up accessible know-how.

Shanghai is establishing itself as a global digital hub in step with town authorities’s digital technique.

The blueprint additionally contains growing digital instruments particularly for aged care, based on metropolis officers.

In contrast with {hardware}, extra tech giants are caring about accessible design and interface when units are initially developed. The market potential is within the thousands and thousands of consumers.

In Might, Microsoft China, Xiaomi and Shanghai Youren Basis, a non-profit group aiding disabled teams, introduced a partnership to advertise the idea of inclusive design and accessible know-how.

They collectively launched a Chinese language model of the “Inclusive Design Handbook,” becoming the design practices of Microsoft and Xiaomi with thousands and thousands of customers of methods, software program, smartphones and good units.

The primary section of the collaboration will empower 1,000 builders to be taught and implement the idea of accessible design.

The three events may also present digital expertise coaching for folks with disabilities to broaden their employment alternatives.

“We hope to leverage the facility of those two know-how powerhouses and mix it with our personal wealthy experiences to reinforce the knowledge accessibility expertise of ICT trade practitioners, enhance the digital expertise literacy and employment competitiveness of individuals with disabilities, and assist them higher combine into society,” stated Fu Gaoshan, Director of the Shanghai Youren Basis.

“The idea of accessibility is now not restricted to the bodily sense,” stated Ahmed Mazhari, President of Microsoft Asia.

“Digital expertise are required throughout all facets of life. In Asia, particularly in China, the digital financial system is booming and the demand for accessibility is even stronger.”

The “Inclusive Design Handbook” is the primary such information launched in China. It seeks to encourage merchandise that decrease the limitations for all teams to take part in society.

Accessible options for particular teams are already in Apple’s iPhone, iPad and Mac merchandise.

Individuals with limb issues use an Apple watch with AssistiveTouch. iPads help third-party eye-tracking {hardware} for simpler management. For the blind and low-vision communities, Apple’s VoiceOver display reader will use in-device intelligence to discover objects inside photos.

Apple China has additionally employed folks with imaginative and prescient and listening to difficulties at Apple Shops in Shanghai and different cities nationwide. They provide coaching and providers for disabled customers and aged folks.

Some Apple China employees, together with in its Beijing and Suzhou Apple Shops, have graduated from the Gallaudet College, the world’s first non-public complete college for the deaf and other people with listening to difficulties.