Taipei, Sept 16, 2020 – Population ageing is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century. According to United Nations, the worldwide ageing population is growing faster than all other age groups and it is predicted that by 2050, the number of people aged 65 years or over will double, reaching over 1.5 billion people. This has prompted many businesses to the development in the long-term care industry.
Benefiting from advanced technology in ICT, machinery, and mobility aids, Taiwan is recognized for its research and development of various smart assistive devices and systems. Taiwan Excellence hosted an online product launch on 16th of Sept, Wednesday to showcase the latest Taiwanese ageing-related technologies and solutions.
Since 2014, Taiwan is second on the list of countries with the largest export of assistive devices, achieving US$930 million on total output. Of the various assistive devices, mobility aids have the largest output value, reaching US$354 million and accounting for 38 percent of the total export value in 2019, said Mr. Walter Yeh, President & CEO of TAITRA during the online campaign.
Wheelchair being one of the key mobility aids was presented by two companies:
- Gigantex’s carbon fiber wheelchairs are light yet strong and ergonomic, and they are planning to integrate AI functions in the next generation design. Their carbon fiber wheelchair MF012 is designed in an ‘H’ shape, which enables the user to fold the wheelchair in just seconds;
- Another wheelchair maker, Merits’ collapsible electric wheelchairs are lightweight enabling easy for transportation and storage, making it suitable for users who need to rely on power wheelchairs. It is also comes equipped with a detachable battery box and extra charging port.
Other innovations in the related industry were also exemplified by these companies:
- iXensor’s PixoTest® POCT System is the world’s first mobile device camera to be converted into a precise medical testing instrument. The device can seamlessly measure items such as total cholesterol, glycosylated hemoglobin, and blood lipids in just 3 minutes;
- Leadtek’s Wireless Fingertip Oximeter is a convenient all-in-one device that measures oxygen saturation and pulse rate, enabling users to do a preliminary test at home to detect COVID-19.
To watch the full online product launch, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7OJGhDkWuo