Innovation ‘Walking Assist Robot’ for individual with spinal cord injury

Innovation ‘Walking Assist Robot’ for individual with spinal cord injury

IRPC cooperating with Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Institute (SNMRI) and Sripatum University has developed the prototype of “Walking Assist Robot” in order to create the opportunity for individual with spinal cord injury to use and to have better life quality in the future. There is the development of UHMWPE which is strong, durable and lightweight. It can also be effective substitution for Aluminium and some part of steel.

Mr. Sukrit Surabotsopon, the Executive Director of IRPC PLC, revealed that the company has signed the agreement with Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Institute (SNMRI) and Sripatum University for the research and the development of medical equipment like “the development of ‘Walking Assist Robot’ for individual with spinal cord injury project” in order to reach industrial production and to create opportunity for the disable thoroughly.

“Physical Disabilities is currently considered a significant Public Health problem in Thailand. So, ‘Walking Assist Robot’ is the medical innovation to reduce the problem at some point. However, as the current ‘Walking Assist Robot’ prototype is huge, made from Aluminium, weighted 25 Kiligrams and short-time batteries which is only last for 3 hours; these obstacles are on the way for disabilities to use the robot for real. If the research and the development turn out to be successful and be able to reach industrial production, the robot will eventually be applicative and accessible to the disabilities”.

IRPC is processing the research and development of UHMWPE (Ultra high molecular weight Polyethylene) innovation. With its qualification of special strength, durability towards erosion, well support of lifting and light weight; it can be substitution of some parts of the robot.

The company’s idea in innovative products research and development is focusing on technology development to create various innovations in order to bring up users’ life quality and make the most use of its benefits.

This cooperation is challenging in term of learning and sharing experiences about public health, education institutes and society to equally give opportunity to disabilities to be able to access medical innovation alongside with educational innovation. Moreover, it is to reduce the existing differences in society and respond to “Thailand 4.0”-the age of innovation and technology to bring up the better life and living”, said Mr. Sukrit.

Credit: www.hfocus.org

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