If you are struggling with muscle strain or in need of a massage, Singapore-based start up’s new invention is for you!
Singapore-based AiTreat, a start-up company founded by Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) graduate Albert Zhang has introduced a robot therapist to meet the shortage of trained therapists and in order to deliver high quality therapy consistently.
Emma, or short for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, a robotic arm with a 3D-printed massage tip, can resolve some of the challenges faced by sports therapy clinics.
We have designed Emma as a clinically precise tool that can automatically carry out treatment for patients as prescribed by a physiotherapist or Chinese physician,” said Zhang. “This is probably the first such robot developed specifically for use by Traditional Chinese Medicine physicians and sports therapists,” said Zhang. “Our aim is not to replace the therapists who are skilled in sports massage and acu point therapy, but to improve productivity by enabling one therapist to treat multiple patients with the help of our robots,” he said.
Emma has a user-friendly interface and recommended guidelines for various sports injuries. The robot consists of a single, 6-axis robotic arm capable of highly articulated movements, a 3D-stereoscopic camera for vision, and a customised, fully rotatable 3D-printed massage tip.
Several safety features which work in tandem with pressure sensors are also inbuilt, to ensure comfort and the safety of patients.
(With PTI Inputs)