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Gingersnap
08-28-2009, 03:56 PM
Robotic Bear Nurse To Help The Elderly In Japan

By Stuart Fox Posted 08.27.2009 at 1:45 pm 3 Comments

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Huggy Bear : This crossed over from kawaii to creepy a long time ago... via Pink Tentacle

In a development sure to drive Stephen Colbert apoplectic, the Japanese national laboratory RIKEN has announced the development of robotic nurses that look like bears. Called Robot for Interactive Body Assistance (RIBA), the robot was designed to help a country facing the dual problem of a shortage of nurses and a rapidly aging population.

RIBA's primary function involves helping nurses lift patients onto and off of beds, wheelchairs, and toilets. RIBA weighs 400 pounds, but can only lift up to 135 pounds, so the sumo wrestler retirement home might have to wait for a newer model before picking one up.

The robot is covered in a soft, synthetic skin, and processes visual and audio cues so it can react in real time to changing situations. RIBA also takes vocal commands and can recognize faces and voices.

And why a bear? Apparently making the robot look like a person scared people, but the cuddly bear look soothed frightened onlookers. Hey, if it works for robot bartenders and robot medics, maybe a bear shape for the robot nurse isn't such a crazy idea.

:eek:

PopSci (http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2009-08/robotic-bear-nurse-help-elderly-japan)

linda22003
08-28-2009, 03:58 PM
How do the Japanese manage to make EVERYTHING look like "Hello Kitty"???

linda22003
08-28-2009, 03:59 PM
If it only carries up to 135 pounds, it's not even going to be used on pediatric wards here in the US. :rolleyes:

Gingersnap
08-28-2009, 04:02 PM
You can't tell me that this bear isn't capable of crushing Grandma into some kind of wasabi-flavored paste for sushi.

Lars1701a
08-28-2009, 04:03 PM
Let me know when the japs make love bots :D


Joking aside some day we will wake up to robots running the world. :(

jinxmchue
08-28-2009, 05:00 PM
Two words:

Pedo.

Bear.

megimoo
08-28-2009, 05:36 PM
You can't tell me that this bear isn't capable of crushing Grandma into some kind of wasabi-flavored paste for sushi.

It's one of Obama's Health Care robots designed to help old grandmas kick the bucket with 'The Embrace of Death' !They're in the 'beta testing' stage in Japan .Soon to be installed in Nursing Homes all over America !

The next one up is the 'Bed Pan of Death !