HandyRehab Home Edition (Deployment of hand training robots for rehabilitation at home)

start-up, healthcare, persons with disabilities, Impact Incubator

Providing a new home-based robotic device to stroke patients to facilitate rehabilitation training at home

  

 

The first 3 to 6 months after stroke onset is taken as the “Golden Recovery Period” for stroke patients. However, most patients face difficulties getting access to affordable rehabilitation training after hospital discharge and within the period, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic when non-emergency public healthcare services were suspended for a long period.

Riding on the success of the start-up project supported by the SIE Fund in 2018, the project team launches a new “Home Edition” robotic device to provide more affordable, frequent and easy-to-administer rehabilitation training at home for stroke patients.

The device consists of a robotic glove, which assists the movement of fingers, and a wireless remote-control device, which manoeuvres the robotic glove’s movements. A mobile app will be developed to record patients’ training duration and tasks performed for physiotherapists to track the training progress. The device could also serve as an assistive device that enables patients to perform daily tasks more easily.

The venture also plans to partner with non-governmental organisations or hospitals to donate devices through direct donation, giveaway campaigns and sponsorship for rental programmes to benefit stroke patients from low-income families.

Name of Organisation

Zunosaki Limited

Approved Funding Amount

HK$2,185,445

Funding Period (Status)

3 years (Active)

Expected Impact

  • To sell 300 units of robotic glove
  • To donate a total of 265 units of robotic glove to low-income families
  • To benefit 610 stroke patients

Milestones/Progress

As at November 2021:

A.    Launch new product – HandyRehab Home Edition

  • Finished product design and produced eight units of hand-made sales samples
  • Organised 16 demo sessions and workshops with community partners for over 120 participants
  • Completed designing questionnaires and interview materials for Home Edition users
  • Confirmed sales partnership with a retailer
  • Set up an eCommerce website to promote the products

B.    Sponsorship of NGO's rental programme for the underprivileged

  • Partnered with Hong Kong Jockey Club and sponsored their rental programme (i.e. Age at Home)

C.    Improvement of existing product - HandyRehab Medical Edition

  • Modified and finalised product design
  • Started demo production with new parts and new design

Website

www.handyrehab.com