Ghanaian students from two tertiary institutions, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Cape Coast teamed up to make a robot which can feed people without hands.
The robot is fitted with Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the ability to read body language and movements of people without hands and duly feed them.
The innovation was made known by Prince David Nyarko, winner of the 2020 Best Engineering student Award who is also the president of Physics students Association of Ghana. The announcement was made on LinkedIn with video evidence.
“University of Cape Coast and Kwame Nkrumah’ University of Science and Technology, Kumasi students develop Ghana’s first AI Social robot to assist persons with disabilities,“ David Nyarko said.
Ghanaian universities have been making gains in Orthotics and Prosthetics technologies as some of them have started offering allied health programs to feed the health system. Such technology will make life easier for people with physical disabilities.
Many Ghanaians who are elated by this new development expressed hope for a new Africa. “We are closer to the future we are looking up to. These are the stuff we need as we push to go higher.” Yaw Yeboah, a student at the University of Energy and Natural Resources expressed enthusiasm for the future of Africa.
Other comments called on the government to take a fast decision in supporting the young innovators. “Great impacts and innovative design from you guys. Now gov. Must support this to make some available for the rural and marginalized disabilities with no funds.” Tebson Haruna Mohammed, a Biomedical Science student said.