From drones to robotics to biopharmacy, local technology solutions providers such as Biogenes, Poladrone, Techcare Innovation, Ethovent, Medika Natura and Bioapps Sdn Bhd are playing a crucial role in accelerating Industry 4.0 in Malaysia. Supported by the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) as part of its ecosystem and through its various programmes, these startups are charting the future of innovation.
In 2013, Azman Yeop Akil entered the Malaysian Book of Records as the first disabled Malaysian to cycle more than 1,000km with a bionic leg. Azman is proof that with the help of prosthetics, the sky's the limit. And since then, Bioapps Sdn Bhd has been testing out various versions of the technology – from prosthetic legs fitted with sensor technology to a fully robotic ankle-foot prosthesis, the BioApps RoMicP™.
What started out as a fun project for Ganesh Muren during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the creation of Malaysia's first-of-its-kind semi-ventilator, Ethovent, an automated bagging machine, to assist patients with breathing difficulties. As hospitals and medical frontliners grappled with a shortage of ventilators following the increasing number of patients amid the Covid-19 spread, Ganesh saw the opportunity to introduce the technology.
Drones are revolutionising agriculture and it looks like this may be the new future of agricultural produce. With the help of aerial data, drones can provide farmers with digital data to improve efficiency. Enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT), drones help to gather accurate data and relay it back to a cloud server or some other analytics service. Today, the application of drone technology can be seen in oil palm plantations and paddy fields.