2020 Global Student Innovation Challenge - Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (gSIC-REAT) Taiwan Trail Prize Winners

Congratulations to the following teams for their success in the Global Student Innovation Challenge:

Technology Category


SILVER – Free Walk (Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering / Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Intelligent Reabling Assistive Walker
According to the World Health Organization report, approximately one billion people worldwide suffered from a certain degree of disability in their lives due to old age and disease, and about 200 million of them are in distress due to incapacity. If these disabled persons can be assisted with the help of assistive devices or rehabilitation training, they will have the opportunity to accomplish their self-living ability. This project develops a smart walker that has applicability and training effectiveness evaluation for the patients with light and moderate walking disabilities. During the process of rehabilitation with the help of the smart walker, various physiological parameters and rehabilitation benefit evaluation indexes can be recorded, including data such as physiological signals, foot pressure, gait, walking trajectory, the rehabilitation efficiency analysis and behavior pattern analysis in an artificial intelligence manner. In addition, the individualized support and service of the elderly will be included. At present, the integration of mechanism and power system of the assistive walker have been completed, which can drive the assistive walker to move according to the patient's ability recovery or rehabilitation status and provide assistive walking. In addition, the walker can measure the patient's hand force and weight to understand the patient's recovery status.

BRONZE – Give me your hand (National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering / Kaohsiung Medical University, Department of Occupational Therapy)
Electric Finger Exoskeleton Rehabilitation Device
Nowadays stroke cases have been increasing severely in our modern society. According to the World Health Organization, 15 million people suffer strokes worldwide each year. Of these, 5 million died and another 5 million post-stroke patients suffer from high muscle spasticity had difficulty in performing finger flexion/extension movement normally. This complication seriously interferes with their ability to perform activities in daily lives. Hence, the aim of this project is to design a hand exoskeleton device that provides repetitive training of passive flexion and extension of the finger to induce brain plasticity, thereby increasing rehabilitation efficiency and learning enhancement. In order to promote safety precaution, a limit sensor was set up on the device that allows immediate termination of the motor device to prevent overstretching of the finger during passive flexion/extension stretching exercise. Based on related medical research, the golden period of post-stroke rehabilitation is within 3 to 6 months; therefore, we hope to encourage post-stroke patients to wear this device during their recovery period as their own home-therapy tools to reduce their muscle spasticity. In a nutshell, the structure of our design is relatively simple due to its integration with 3D printing technology. This novel device is featured with the following advantages. First, the cost of both making and maintenance of the device is much lower than that of typical electronic hand prosthetics. Besides compared to conventional hand-resting splints, our assistive device has additional functions that can help develop clients’ motor learning skills. Moreover, this exoskeleton device can be used as a home-based rehabilitation device for stroke patients to effectively reduce their post-stroke spasticity, making their lives more convenient and independent in various aspects.

BRONZE – Wheelchair-savvy (Chung Yuan Christian University, Department of Biomedical Engineering / Department of Commercial Design / National Formosa University, Department of Multimedia Design)
The population aging is a serious issue in Taiwan for recent years. The elderly not only need the caring services but also demanding for the wheelchair to assist their walk. In order to reduce the manpower, strength the self-caring ability of the elderly and improve the impact from the burden of body which causing by the wheelchair, we design a type of wheelchair which can be easily using by themselves for decreasing the caring demands. Unlike other published wheelchairs in the market, our users don’t need to transpose by the assistance from manpower. The users only have to sit on bedside and controlling the wheelchair to reach the bedside, then holding the auxiliary lever and slowly move forward to get on/off the wheelchair. We achieve the functions such as correcting posture and activating the blood circulation by adding the standing posture and kneeling posture, we also increase the exercising spaces for hand in the meanwhile to enable our users having some simple self-care (e.g. drinking water, taking books or going to the restroom). In our user community, we will focus on the elderly and the disabled. Thus, our customer base will be the nursing home which demanding higher manpower and the general home that require for self-care. We believe that the design above can indirectly change the posture of the wheelchair and make the users (the elderly and the disabled) having more convenient and cozy lives.

MERIT – Ace (Taipei Medical University, Department of Biomedical Engineering)
My Medical Assistant
It is designed for the middle aged and elderly who take medicine daily. Nowadays, taking medicine has become part of daily routine; however, many kinds of medicine and how to take them properly at the right time become the burden of memory. Thus, we have designed an application which includes today’s reminder, health condition and information. In today’s reminder, users can be notified when and how much amount of medicine they should take, alone with the time of appointments. Once the user delays, it will automatically inform the family member. Users also can key in their blood pressure, blood sugar and so on, and the application can combine and output these data for doctors to track. As for the content of information, the user can find the contact, history of medicine and appointments. Most of all, users can scan the prescription to load in the data. Finally, we hope to build a better medical relationship with simplified operation and interface via this application.

Best Presentation – Ace
My Medical Assistant

Best Prototype – Free Walk
Intelligent Reabling Assistive Walker

Best Ergonomic