Robots, bed to wheelchair

A new robot is designed to help provide quality care for Japan’s aging population. Robots expected to play role in U.S. caregiving cites long-term care insurance expert.

A new robot has brought Japan one step closer to its goal of providing high-quality care for its growing elderly population.

The robot uses high-precision tactile sensors and flexible motor control technology to lift patients weighing up to 80kg (180 pounds) off floor-level bedding and into a wheelchair. The developers note this is intended to free care facility personnel of one of their most difficult and energy-consuming tasks.

See: Caring for Japanese seniors

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