Thai Universities Innovate to Empower Persons with Disabilities
Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, September 18 2020
THAILAND: National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP), and Department of Older Persons (DOP) signed in an MoU to support the development of the innovations for empowering the older people and persons with disabilities.
In the initial stage, there are a few inventions that are ready to be produced and used with the target group. The first one is the “Non-electric Powered Standing Wheelchair” from Thammasat University.
The shape and the seating of this wheelchair are designed for the users to stand without any difficulties and pressure sores. The Gas Spring support system installed in the wheelchair will be supporting the user’s arm strength (5 – 10 Kg of force from each arm) to change the position. Besides, personal assistants can help to change the position if the user cannot use their arm strength,
Next, there is a “Medical Robot Platform for Older Persons” from Chulalongkorn University that can take temperature and blood pressure, available in both desktop and mobile versions. Another invention is the “Doctosight 2” from Mahidol University, a robot for delivering medicines and medical supplies with an auto navigation system for indoor use.
“Automatic Rotating Bed with SmartBed program” from Prince of Songkla University, is a rotating bed with a special “Doctor N Medigel” mattress from natural rubber that helps distribute the pressure and prevent bedsores. “STI Cleaner” from Ramkhamhaeng University is a technology that uses Corona discharge in the electric field to emit odors like a poisonous gas, smoke from cigarettes, musty smell, and to use as an air sanitizer.
There are still many innovations for persons with disabilities and older persons waiting to be developed and used. These works will help reduce the need to import the equipment and make them more accessible to people especially older persons in the future.