• A robot named Emma uses a 3D stereoscopic camera and custom-made 3D-printed massage tip on its robotic arm to deliver “high-quality therapy”
  • Albert Zhang, a graduate of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, created Emma which means Expert Manipulative Massage Automation
  • Emma has sensors and diagnostic functions that are used to measure how stiff a muscle or a tendon is, as well as the patient’s response

SINGAPORE – A newly developed robot is claimed to give massage which is purportedly better than what a trained professional gives.

Gemma Mullin mentioned in a Mirror Co UK story that a robot named Emma, which means Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, uses a 3D stereoscopic camera and custom-made 3D-printed massage tip on its robotic arm to deliver “high-quality therapy”.

Emma is said to have sensors and diagnostic functions that are used to measure how stiff a muscle or a tendon is, as well as the patient’s response.

The data will then be uploaded so it can be analyzed so that the patient’s recovery can be better monitored over a longer period of time.

The robot was tested last week and had given treatment to 50 patients, including professional athletes for various complaints including lower back pain, stiff neck, plus shoulders and tennis elbows.

An article by Bhargavi Rathi for The Tech Portal said that Albert Zhang, a graduate of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, created the robot to solve some of the challenges faced by sports therapy and pain management clinics.

“We have designed Emma as a clinically precise tool that can automatically carry out treatment for patients as prescribed by a physiotherapist or Chinese physician. This will be one of the first robots out in the market specifically for use by sports therapists and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) physicians,” Zhang said.

“Our aim is not to replace the therapists who are skilled in sports massage and acupoint therapy, but to improve productivity by enabling one therapist to treat multiple patients with the help of our robot,” he added.

Emma consists of a single, 6-axis robotic arm capable of highly articulated movements, equipped with a 3D-stereoscopic camera for vision, and a customized, fully rotatable 3D-printed massage tip.

Aside from its high-tech functions, safety features which work in tandem with advanced pressure sensors are also inbuilt, in order to ensure the comfort and the safety of its patients.