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Taipei Tech and Hua Nan AMC Join Forces in Establishing Incubator

 

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Taipei Tech and Hua Nan AMC Join Forces in Establishing Incubator

 

 

As part of the university social responsibilities (USR) effort, researchers at Taipei Tech have been centering their research on green architecture, smart technologies, and long-term care assistive technologies. Taipei Tech is also involved in transitioning these researches into production-ready products with its incubation center. On October 26, Taipei Tech took another step forward by signing an MOU with Hua Nan Assets Management (Hua Nan AMC) to build an innovative incubation center in Neihu.

 

The MOU was signed at the “Technology of Happiness” exhibition, hosted by Taipei Tech. President Wang Sea-Fue of Taipei Tech noted that researchers at Taipei Tech have focusing their effort in products that deal with the expected consequences of an aging society that also has a declining birth rate. “This exhibition showcases some of our best results in providing a happy lifestyle in this future society,” said Wang.

 

 

In coping with the long-term care need of an ageing society, teams of industrial design students, led by Prof. Joyce Chu and Prof. Eric Fan proposed the “low frictional double-layered fabric cushion” and the “U-Pants.” The cushion, proposed by Chu’s team, is designed to facilitate the bedridden patients’ movement in bed. The cushion is able to ease the burden of turning over for both the patients and caregivers with its breathable fabrics and low friction. “U-Pants,” proposed by Fan’s team, is designed to hide the urine bags in the pants and to free the patients from the pain caused by the urinary catheters.

 

 

For physically-challenged patients, Dr. Chen Chun-Ching at Taipei Tech Department of Interaction Design worked with Taiwan Motor Neuron Disease Association to design “HENRI,” a device that helps ALS patients communicate with their caregivers with eye movements. The device enables expressions of their needs through a three-dimensional body map, and it also provides a multilingual interface that eliminates the language barrier between the patients and caregivers who do not read Chinese.

 

  

 

Also exhibited at the show is an air quality detection device designed by Prof. Hwang Yu-Shyan, Dean of the College of Electric Engineering and Computer Science. Named the “Indoor Guardian Angel,” the device draws inspiration from the “Air Box” device, developed by Academia Sinica and the Location Aware Sensing System open-source project, that is installed at more than two thousand locations around Taiwan and is designed to detect the harmful air particle PM 2.5. It is the “Air Box” that makes the air quality information accessible to the general public. Hwang’s design incorporates additional sensors that detect more particles in the air, including PM 1.0, PM 10, smoke, gas, and ultraviolet density, making it a perfect devise for remote home safety control and monitoring.

 

 

The MOU between Taipei Tech and Hua Nan AMC culminated the exhibition. Taipei Tech is known for its innovation incubation center, which has nourished many successful startup teams. Its capacity in nurturing startups has interested Hua Nan AMC to join hands in establishing an incubation center in Neihu. The professional consulting and assistance will be extended to include new industry cluster, which has seen a spike in investor’s interest.

 

The incubation center will be located in the central area of the Neihu Technology Park, where over thirty international enterprises are headquartered and ten research and development centers are located. It is scheduled to open in Q1 2019 and is now having a limited special offer on the rent for the startup teams with tight budgets. The center is expected to lower the burden of and provide more resources for those who wish to start their business and to further boost economic growth.

 

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