Now there’s a RIBA II (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) to work in Japan’s increasingly understaffed nursing homes (because Japan refuses the thought of having care provided by willing-&-available nurses from South Asia).
RIKEN: RIBA-II, the Next Generation Care-giving Robot
—New robot boasts the latest in sensor technology, promises a brighter future for Japan's elderly population—
Tokyo, Aug 2, 2011 – (JCN Newswire) —A new robot using high-precision tactile sensors and flexible motor control technology has taken Japan one step closer to its goal of providing high-quality care for its growing elderly population. Developed by researchers at RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI), the new robot can lift a patient up to 80kg in weight off floor-level bedding and into a wheelchair, freeing care facility personnel of one of their most difficult and energy-consuming tasks…more...