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Expo sets forth latest tech to help old, disabled

Intelligent technologies that benefit elderly and disabled people are highlighted at an exhibition that opened at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in the Pudong New Area yesterday.

The three-day Shanghai International Exhibition of Senior Care, Rehabilitation Medicine and Healthcare, also known as CHINA AID, is one of the largest of its kind in China.

There are exhibition areas for senior-care services, health management, rehabilitation medical treatment and livable architecture, and displays of advanced technologies, innovative products and services. 

Hosted by the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau and the Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai, it has attracted exhibitors from 20 countries and regions. A Yangtze River Delta exhibition area shows the cooperation and integration of senior services in the region.

Among the devices on display is a remote-controlled scooter that can avoid obstacles and incorporates chronic disease monitoring and an emergency rescue system. 

An intelligent service robot, a “family doctor,” on display has facial and voice recognition features and can test blood pressure, glucose levels, heart rate and temperature. It has a disease-screening system. 

Artificial vision spectacles just 50.8 millimeters long and weighing 22.5 grams can help the blind and visually impaired “see” the world. It helps them read printed or electronic texts and can recognize faces and QR codes.  It can also recognize simple gestures and products, enabling users to shop on their own. 

A multifunctional nursing bed can become a wheelchair and has a urine-handling system that allows bed-ridden patients to take more care of themselves and alleviate the pressure on nursing staff. 

A waterproof pulse oximeter ring weighing just 10 grams can screen for respiratory diseases and sleep apnea and provide smart medical treatment and health management services for coronary disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. It can measure the pulse rate of wearers during jogging, swimming and cycling. 

A safety airbag worn on the waist can protect people in the event of a fall after it senses their change of position and inflates to cushion the fall.


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