SINGAPORE (Mar 25): Jane Wang’s desire to help people made her think about becoming a doctor. However, that ambition changed when she was offered a scholarship to study engineering at Nanyang Technological University. “I chose [to major in] mechanical engineering and mechatronics because I thought building robots was cool,” Wang, who is originally from China, tells The Edge Singapore in an interview. Her love for mathematics and physics rather than biology and chemistry was the other key motivating factor, she adds.

Today, Wang is in the fast-growing medical technology industry and co-founder and CEO of Roceso Technologies. The three-year-old start-up designs and manufactures robotic gloves that are used to help stroke or spinal cord injury patients regain function in their hands through neurological and muscle rehabilitation.

Called EsoGlove, the device assists patients in conducting various repetitive tasks. The patient wears the glove, made from fabric and embedded with actuators, and moves as directed by simulations on a screen. This includes performing everyday functions such as holding a spoon or pouring water from a bottle. The speed and duration of these exercises and the pressure exerted by the robotic glove can be altered, depending on the severity of the patient’s condition.

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