Japanese healthcare robot RIBA II lifts patients from bed to wheelchair
Asia-Pacific, August 18 2011
RIBA-II, the next generation Japanese healthcare robot developed by researchers at RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI), a Japanese government-run research body that surveyed nursing homes to find that lifting patients was the most tiring thing for workers, carried out an average of 40 times every day.
RIBA II robot will benefit healthcare workers as it can lift a patient from the floor or a bed up to 80KG in weight and then it can move them to either a bed or a wheelchair.
New RIBA II 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.
In 2009, the RIKEN-TRI Collaboration Center for Human-Interactive Robot Research (RTC), a joint project established in 2007 and located at the Nagoya Science Park in central Japan, unveiled a robot called RIBA (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) designed to assist nursing care workers to lift patients. The project was financed by Japanese government and Tokai.
You can see a video of the RIBA II Robot at YouTube.
By Aqeel Qureshi