36 students in 12 teams
Robot@NUS is a robotic maker competition where teams of students with diverse background are going to pit their ingenuity and building skills against each other. The end products should help the elderly overcome some common obstacles in their everyday routine. The aim of this competition is to provide a platform for students to explore current usage of robotics in various industries, and to identify challenges faced by the elderly today. Based on that, students will address these challenges using robotics. Students will be exposed to advanced designing, building and programming of robotics.
Picking things up may seem like a simple task that we do daily, but to the elderly it may be quite difficult. Our group thus created this robot with the intent of helping the elderly pick things up from the ground without having to bend down to reduce the risk of them falling over and/or hurting themselves.
Our team strives to develop a robot that dries a targeted area (eg. bathrooms) automatically to reduce chances of slipping and falling on wet surfaces. Our robot helps the elderly by reducing the effort and avoiding the risks associated with cleaning wet surfaces. In order to further improve the effectiveness of our robot, we also aim to automated our robot to carry out it's function at appropriate intervals (e.g. after each time the bathroom is used), ensuring that the targeted area remains dry at all times.
We aim to assist elderly with difficulty walking and/or the physically disabled in their daily routine of having to go to the toilet for showering and other purposes. The mentioned problem is solved by TOBOR as it can automatically move the user to the toilet and assist them in washing their back when showering. Additionally, TOBOR can be remote controlled to move towards other locations.
With advancements in technologies, many inventions such as robotic arms or wheelchairs have been created to assist the silver community in carrying out their daily activities. However, is this truly enough? We may have given them a way to make life easier for them, but we may have also taken away their ability to recover their body to its former state due to over-reliance. Though they come with many benefits, our team believes in tackling the root of the problem which is the weakening of their bodies. Hence, we bring you Silver Flexer, a fitness machine with a gaming mechanism and an interactive robot integrated into it. The machine comprises of elderly-friendly movements and exercises that simulate real world activities, incorporated with interesting/ interactive activities and games, with rewards to motivate them to give it their all. Through this project, we hope to encourage the silver community to exercise more through simple and interesting robotic interactions, thereby providing them with a healthier lifestyle to help strengthen their bodies and reduce their reliance on technological tools. We believe that the robots that we create should not be a means to an end, but rather the catalyst to inspire development in ourselves as humans.
Elderly heavily depend on their medications to keep them healthy, but complex medication regime has led to various mistakes such as missing doses, taking incorrect amounts, or taking medicines at the wrong times. These mistakes could lead to an unnecessary doctor or hospital visits, illness and even death. Based on a study, approximately 1 out of 10 hospital admissions are the result of the incorrect use of medications. Besides, not taking medications correctly can have serious consequences, including increased discomfort, inadequate disease prevention and possibly even death. As such, we have decided to build an easy and accessible pill sorter and dispenser which help the elderly to consume their medicine at the right timings and doses. This will also assure the caregivers that the elderly have consumed the correct medication.
The silver population of Singapore will increase from 1 in 8 today to 1 in 4 by 2030. Therefore we need to cater to their current and future needs. Problem Statement: About 19% of the elderly live alone. We found that the elderly population who live alone would rather eat outside rather than cook just for themselves. When the elderly do go grocery shopping, they find it difficult to carry/lift/move around items, especially if they have to climb stairs. The purpose of our project: This is a form of a social project for a community kitchen. The elderly can socialize while maintaining a healthier lifestyle, all with the help of the LEGOCERIES robots. Our proposal: The LEGOCERIES is to be used by the elderly while shopping for groceries. Eliminates their burden of weights: Makes their life a lot easier by climbing stairs; the elderly do not need to have the burden of carrying their groceries or moving the trolley as the robot carries the weight and autonomously climbs stairs as well. Walking Support: It has handles for supporting the elderly Back Support: According to a journal from the National Institute of Health, older adults from the age 65 and above develop musculoskeletal pain where about 36 to 70% of them suffer from lower back pain. Therefore, to assist the elderly, the shopping cart platform can be raised so that the elderly do not have to bend low and lift heavy weights. With just a push of a button, they can simply raise the platform. Networking: The elderly can use the “EV3 Mindstorms” to communicate with other people whenever they come grocery shopping as well. Old people would rather eat out rather than at home because they do not feel the need to cook just for themselves. So, they could interact and have dinners together with their friends or even new people.
We do laundry almost everyday, and folding laundry is a chore. Folding shirts is even more challenging for elderly in Singapore, many of whom live alone and have to face the struggles associated with decreased strength and motor skills on their own. This is where Foldr comes into play. The user can simply raise the clothes onto the clips of Foldr, and wait a few seconds while Foldr folds the clothes. The clothes will be stacked onto a neat pile and the only thing the user needs to do is collect the clothes when they’re ready. This greatly reduces the amount of effort an elderly user has to do to fold the clothes.
We are designing a solution to meet challenges in the upcoming silver tsunami. In 10 elderly, 9 have at least 3 chronic conditions, 4 spend half the day without their family, 1 experiences decreased level of mobility and 1 suffers from memory impairment. Our group have decided to work on creating a robot companion that can offer medical assistance, deliver items indoors and offer memory and visual aid. Cat is a small mobile robot that can be handheld, delivers items and is interactive. Control signals are on Cat. Cart is a medium-sized container robot that brings Cat to destinations.
Elderly faces deterioration in muscle mass and strength by 30-50% between the age of 30-80 years. Muscular strength reduction hinders the elderly muscle strength abilities. Often, the elders struggle to carry heavy items or pulling market trolleys. Our robot, The Hulk provide assistance by storing items. It is able to follow the elder around, detect and avoid obstructions. The Hulk would be able to provide a safe physical environment and allows the elderly to remain independent from others.
"Tongkat" stands for a walking stick in Malay. For seniors using a walking stick, it is difficult to bend down and retrieve items. After surveying the market for existing solutions, we found a walking stick with a claw attached in the end. This feature does not solve the problem. It requires lifting the walking stick to retrieve what is grabbed with the claw. This action risks the balance of the user. Hence, our team build a walking stick that can grab and lift the item towards the user, without the trouble of lifting it.
According to a recent Straits Times report in September 2017, the Singapore population is aging faster than before, primarily due to a longer life expectancy and a lower fertility rate. This has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for healthcare workers, such as nurses. Our robot aims to alleviate this pressing need for the constant attention of healthcare workers from elderly patients by implementing several key features. For instance, our robot is able to convert between a bed and wheelchair to avoid having to move the patient between the bed and a wheelchair to move around. Our robot is also able to move between pre-defined locations, such as the ward, operating theatre and x-ray facilities. Lastly, our robot is able to administer a basic mental health test based on the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale as well as remind the patient to take their daily medications.