Wednesday, 28 Sep, 2011 Technology

Latest Inventions: HOSPI-Rimo, RoboticBed, Hair-Washing Robot from Panasonic


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The world population is continuously increasing, which leads to a larger number of elderly that need care. This problem is very acute in Japan, where the number of young people that take care of the elderly is very low.

With this in mind Panasonic decided to create 3 robotic devices that are expected to appear at the forthcoming 38th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition (H.C.R.2011) that will take place in Tokyo in the period between October 5 and 7, 2011.

The trio will include HOSPI-Rimo, a communication assistance robot, and two new robots: Panasonic's Hair-Washing Robot and RoboticBed.

It would be interesting to note that the company's "HOSPI" automatic medication delivery machine is already in use at hospitals across Japan and other countries. The robot helps sort and transport medicines to nurse stations.

The new HOSPI-Rimo makes use of the same autonomous steering technology and HD visual communications technology the HOSPI is equipped with. However, the robot was programmed to play the role of a mediator to allow people that are confined to bed due to an illness to easily communicate with each other, their friends and family, as well as with the hospital personnel.

The presentation of the Hair-Washing Robot follows the launch of Panasonic's H.C.R.2010 machine launched in 2010. The robot can carry out all the tasks of a hairdresser, including wetting, shampooing, rinsing, conditioning, drying, and performing a spot massage.

The new model also has washing arms with 24 fingers (8 fingers more than the previous model) and upgraded mechanics, which produces a more comfortable wash.

The RoboticBed, saw light in 2009. It represents an electric bed that can turn into an electric wheelchair and vice-versa. According to Panasonic it improved the robot after considering various suggestions from both caregivers and recipients, reports Gizmag. The company made a simplified control interface, for instance.

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