What makes a day a good day to you?
Rong Xia: A good day for me is: Waking up in the morning, having breakfast with my family and then each one goes about working / striving for their own careers. Go home in the evening, have dinner with my family and then go for a walk or reasonable exercise after dinner. One hour of reading before bed. To put it simply: It is to be with your family, have your own job/career, exercise reasonably and read every day. That gives a sense of fulfillment in life. Ha ha ha...
Which auxiliary means or daily living aids are indispensable for you?
Rong Xia: For me, my prosthetics are essential aids.
What would you like to see from society and your fellow people in dealing with people with disabilities?
Rong Xia: I hope that the society and the general public can treat people with disabilities equally. For example, when seeing a person with an assistive device, one should have the same level of equality as seeing a person with glasses. If you think the other person is cool / brave, you can smile and greet them warmly, then maybe you can become friends.
Which assistive device would urgently need to be invented and/or improved?
Rong Xia: Due to my own physical impairment, I pay more attention to prosthetics in my daily life. For prosthesis users, in summer, the residual limb is extremely hot and stuffy in the prosthetic limb socket, which can easily cause skin diseases. In winter, the residual limbs are very cold and prone to frostbite.
Are there any materials that are warm in winter and cool in summer that can be applied to the socket of prosthetics? Most of the current prosthetic joints are passive, which is not very user friendly. So, can technology from other fields be applied to smart prosthetics? For example, can advanced technologies in the fields of automobiles / AI / robotics be applied to prosthetic joints to make the lives of prosthetic users more convenient. It makes me think about super soldiers :)