Vietnamese students create ‘magic spoon’ for the elderly

HÀ NỘI  – Drawing on their passion for technology and programming, two students from Việt Nam National University have succeeded in creating a ‘Magic Spoon’ which can help people with tremors or Parkinson’s disease.

Đặng Hải Ninh, 21, and  Nguyễn Đức Kiên, 20, from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), incorporated engineering, Internet of Things, data analysis and machine learning in their special utensil. 

The invention helped them win first prize at the IEEE SEACAS Hackathon 2019 – an annual science and technology competition organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Circuits and Systems Society (IEEE CAS) for students, trainees and graduate students from Southeast Asian countries. 

The competition was jointly held by the IEEE CAS and the Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing with the participation of groups of students from Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Việt Nam in December last year.

“At first, we came to Malaysia with the idea of making equipment to monitor heart rate and check the health of the elderly,” Kiên told Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper.

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