A University of Technology Sydney (UTS) student has recently won a competition with his persuasive idea to address stroke-afflicted patients. The reports noted that over 56,000 Australians every year are suffering from a stroke wherein many of them are not getting the rehabilitation to fully recover.

To address this challenge, a portable robotic arm, named Tech Gym, assesses a patient’s intention to move and aids them through a series of rehabilitation games and exercises. A recently issued press release outlined that Tech Gym will leverage intelligent robotics to assist patients who are suffering from stroke through their rehabilitation journey.

The device also contributes by boosting the number of patients a healthcare center can serve in a day as well as automates the reporting process while saving time by cutting down time spent on paperwork. To create a fun and immersive scenario for patients, gamification and music therapy will be added that will assist them to get motivated.


Partaking in Innovative Competition

Hosted by UTS Business School, the competition is open to all UTS students in the innovation and commercialization arena that will provide them an opportunity to explore business ideas to consider people, planet and profit.

The student, who won the first-place prize money of the competition, is a final year mechanical and mechatronic engineering degree student. He is thrilled to grasp AU$ 12,000 that will contribute to research and development costs. Over the last 1-year, he has taken part in programs with University start-ups, the CSIRO, along with a medical device hardware accelerator. As of now, there is certainly a good working prototype.

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The second-place winner is a Bachelor of Advanced Science and Creative Intelligence and Innovation student and won AU$ 8,000, while the third-place winner won AU$ 5,000. Both winners have also pitched their ideas linked to healthcare space. As the first-place prize money will go to the development costs connected with that, the third placer’s business is aimed at offering support to patients facing a life-changing medical diagnosis. They will address these patients who may need help in navigating the health system and fully comprehending the implications of their medical ailment.

The competition, which was sponsored by a business research company, whose founder is a judge during the event, was amazed by second-placer’s vision to offer affordable 3D printed silicon prosthetics for women who have experienced mastectomies.

The innovation competition, which was run for three months, was mentored by experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals who mentored the entrants as they developed their business plans during the competition.

In the competition, the other finalists were awarded AU$ 500 each, includes an app that assists people to build their public speaking skills; a platform that provides discounted dental care; a peer lending platform for unused items; and a feedback tool to lessen sporting injuries all made it to the finals.

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