BAYAN LEPAS, Penang, Malaysia – March 2, 2017 - Plexus (NASDAQ: PLXS) a leading electronics engineering, manufacturing and aftermarket services provider today announced PlexWheel, a joint project between Plexus and Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) University College.
Engineers at Plexus’ Penang Design Center and students at TAR University College jointly developed an intelligent wheelchair prototype that uses wireless gesture recognition to navigate in accordance with motion-induced finger movement. In this collaboration, Plexus donated $5,000 USD and assigned two experienced R&D engineers to mentor the students.
YJ Lim, APAC Regional President, commented, “The partnership with TAR University College demonstrates Plexus’ commitment to fostering passion for engineering and technology based careers. We are pleased to be able to provide the university students with first-hand experience in the proof-of-concept, product design and prototyping processes, and also introduce them to the latest software technology. The experience will be invaluable to their careers as they enter the workforce.”
Dr. Ng Swee Chin, Vice President in Academic and Research of TAR University College, commented, “We are thankful for industry leading technology companies like Plexus, which support the development of our students and offer them valuable real-world experience. Through collaborative efforts like the PlexWheel project, we develop a more highly skilled workforce that increases competitiveness in the global market and attracts foreign investment to the region.”
The intelligent wheelchair prototype exhibit will be on display at the Tech Dome Penang in March 2017 as an additional new attraction for the general public.