Three innovations for 'elderly' and 'caregivers' to embrace an aging society

     Thailand is advancing towards a fully-fledged aging society by 2022, with the elderly population expected to account for 20-30%. More importantly, Thailand will become a super-aged society similar to Japan, which has 28% of its population aged 60 and above by 2031. Therefore, researchers at the Thailand National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) have developed 3 significant innovations to assist in elderly care, as follows:

  1. ‘Rachel’ - A Muscle Reinforcement Exosuit: This invention helps the elderly who are still passionate and vibrant to enjoy their daily lives and activities independently. The highlight of this suit is its ability to provide additional strength to the back and legs of the elderly, using simulated muscles controlled by AI, which reduces the risk of falls and injuries. The suit is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and can be worn over or instead of undergarments.
  2. ‘Gunther Bath’ - Fall Detection Device: This is an Ambient sensor device designed to detect falls in the bathroom. It analyzes ambient changes using AI, and if the user falls in the bathroom, the system will alert the caregiver's smartphone within 5 seconds. The key strength of this technology is its ability to process all the information without filming or recording any footage, preserving the user's privacy.
  3. ‘Ross’ - Back Support Suit for caretakers and medical personnel: This suit is designed for those who regularly need to lift or turn elderly individuals. It helps reduce the risk of back muscle injuries and assists in lifting heavy objects with proper posture. This suit is designed for easy donning and doffing, enabling quick application in emergency situations.

Data updated on April 12, 2023
Source: National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
Tel. +66 2564 8000


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