SINGAPORE: Biomedical engineers from the National University of Singapore have been given a S$250,000 Proof-of-Concept grant to further develop their robotic mobility unit that can turn a hospital bed.
The contraption is omni-directional and can skilfully manoeuvre hospital beds to be parked in tight spots.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) said in a news release on Monday (July 7) that if successful, this could cut down on the number of hospital attendants needed to move hospital beds. At the very least, it could reduce the physical burden of such a task on workers.
The NRF also highlighted other grant winning projects - a patented security and privacy key for Internet of Things devices by communication network engineers from Nanyang Polytechnic; and a 4D camera that when attached to a microscope, can attain 3D imaging at nanometre-scale with milli-second time resolution.
Zooming in on the latter invention, the foundation says the 4D camera invention could create a new niche market in biomedical engineering worth S$3.5 billion.
Altogether, 13 research projects were picked by a 22-member panel of experts to receive the S$250,000 grants. Most are in the medical device and engineering categories. They have 12 months to translate their ideas into products that can be commercialised.
"Innovation and enterprise are critical for our competitiveness as a nation and for our economic development," said Professor Low Teck Seng, chief executive officer of NRF.
"Each project is supported with up to $250,000. This is not a small amount, and is intended to provide researchers with the resources to overcome what many called 'The Valley of Death'." - CNA/nd
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