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Designed in Singapore: Tools to help people with disabilities

SINGAPORE — Student inventors have put their thinking skills to the test to come up with technological solutions designed to help people with disabilities become more independent.

Held at the National Library last Saturday, the nonprofit Engineer Good’s fourth annual Tech 4 Good competition featured several winning inventions from among 30 entries from students aged 15 to 25.

The source codes of these technological inventions are freely available on GitHub, an online software development hosting platform that promotes collaboration, to allow more designers to build on the ideas to help others in the need.

Here are three highlights from the winning entries:

Braille inspired syringe

Dispensing precise amounts of medication is often a tricky guessing game for people with visual impairments who may have trouble seeing the tiny measurements printed on a syringe, said Cody Tan, 20, an applied artificial intelligence student and in analysis.

During his research, he spoke to a visually impaired senior who said he often struggled to give his service dog medication.

Mr Tan said: “He just has to guess, but sometimes he gets a little scared. It’s concerning because these measurements can be very crucial.”

Mr. Tan’s winning team from Singapore Polytechnic designed a 3D-printed syringe holder with thick, raised lines that indicate measurements down to milliliters so people with visual impairments can read with their fingers when drawing syringes. fluids.

Mounted on a standard syringe, the holder guides the user to draw precise amounts of fluids by touch, feeling the thick lines that work like Braille – a tactile writing system.

The product, which won the most impactful award, may also benefit those who may need to draw fluids from dark places or tight corners where their view of the syringe is obscured, Tan said.

Team member Faith De Vera, 20, said the team hopes to refine the product and develop new sizes to fit an insulin pen or other commonly used syringes.

She said, “Our product codes are open source. Others can use the codes and design the product better. It will be mission accomplished for us.”

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