09 Oct '17, 5am

Emma the robotic masseuse launched at traditional Chinese medicine clinic

SINGAPORE - Patients stepping into NovaHealth Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic at One Raffles Place can now expect to be served by Emma the robotic masseuse. Short for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, Emma consists of a robotic arm extending from a white machine that is able to dole out back and knee massages. It was officially launched on Monday (Oct 9) at the clinic's opening. The robot was built by AiTreat, a start-up incubated by Nanyang Technological University, and was in the developmental phase for about two years. Emma the robot executes massages through soft silicon tips that are warmed to a temperature of between 38 deg C and 40 deg C to mimic human touch. The type of massage is prescribed by the physician following a consultation, and the robot uses a camera for calibration to accurately target the acupoint. The patient is allowed to vary the mas...

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