Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Gearlog : RI-MAN Humanoid Robot Cares for the Elderly

Japan has a serious focus on robots in the home and care for the elderly. This post is an example::

Gearlog : RI-MAN Humanoid Robot Cares for the Elderly: "Now, there's the 5-foot RI-MAN Humanoid Robot, created by the Japanese research team Riken, that can see, hear, smell, and even carry human beings--particularly those that are elderly. RI-MAN is equipped with sensors that show it a body's weight and position. So, I guess this takes the 'I've fallen and I can't get up' idea to new levels.

So why a robot that can carry the elderly? Apparently, Japan is expecting a major increase in elderly care due to people living longer, so the RI-MAN would aid in carrying a person to the bathroom, to bed, or wherever they need to go."

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