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NCKU Showcases Innovative AI-cum-medical Technological Products at the World’s CES



The world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 was held in Las Vegas, USA, on 7-10 January. Nearly 4,000 manufacturers from around the world participated in the grand exhibition. Highlights of the show, and therefore key industry trends of the coming year, included 5G, AI, self-driving cars, and VR/AR products.
This year, GLORIA NCKU (Global Research & Industry Alliance, National Cheng Kung University) led a team of three professors to participate in the CES along with the MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology) to showcase the results of innovative technological R&D on this international stage. That was the second time that GLORIA NCKU has taken part in the CES. In 2019, GLORIA NCKU led 39 teams to participate in a total of nine international index exhibitions and obtained more than 500 negotiation opportunities with manufacturers. Startup teams who participate in these shows reap huge rewards; not only do they have the chance to learn about industry trends and gain new knowledge in the field, but also have the opportunity to negotiate with vendors more closely and further understand their needs. Two teams focused on medical treatment in conjunction with AI identification technology. In the context of the increasingly vigorous development of smart technology, such innovation prospects are promising.
The iSleep Better smart eye mask brought by Professor Liang of Neural Computing and Brain Computer Interface Laboratory is a portable lightweight eyemask with three main functions: neural feedback training, AI sleep analysis and smart sleep alarm. This device is easy to wear and can do real-time neural feedback training program without help of professional instructor. It has been tested in clinical conditions with over 100 patients and 70% of their sleeping quality has been improved.
Shuenn-Yuh Lee, Professor of Yutech CBIC (Communication and Biologic Integrated Circuit Laboratory) of the Department of Electrical Engineering, NCKU, showcased the Guard Patch – a slim and lightweight wireless wearable device that monitors the heart rate in real-time. It uses AI analysis and cloud-based recognition technology to notify the wearer’s family and hospital when the person’s heart rate is abnormal. Compared to other devices on the market, the Guard Patch is smaller and consumes less power. Several products have been derived from this core technology that can be used in a wide range of applications, including I-Pet clothing, Intelligent medical stethoscopes, epilepsy detection and stimulation system, Intelligent urine detector, etc.
The AirKeyper smart door lock of Professor Wei-Hsun Lee’s team, Department of Transportation and Communication Management Science, NCKU College of Management, can unlock doors online or offline through a mobile device and can be equipped with multiple unlock modes. The AirKeyper employs a patent-protected algorithm with an offline unlock mode, making it difficult to crack and capable of providing highly intelligent and reliable services. 
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