Panasonic Roboticbed Transformer
This Panasonic roboticbed does a neat Transformer trick; it transforms from a bed to a chair (and back again), saving you the trouble of moving. Skip down to take a look at its cool features.
(Panasonic roboticbed transformer)
As the robot can transform itself from a bed into a wheelchair and vice versa at the command of the user, it eliminates not only the need for the user to transfer between the bed and a wheelchair but also the risks and burden associated with the transfer. The robot can also expand the user's range of activities. Now, the user can join the family meal by converting the bed into a wheelchair and moving to the dining table without the need of assistance from other people.
The Robotic Bed has been developed with Panasonic's innovative technologies including a control system that aids safe operation of the robot. The Robotic Bed automatically separates or restores certain components as it is converted into the bed or wheelchair mode. In the wheelchair mode, the robot can detect people and obstacles in its way to safely guide the user to avoid collisions.
Human-robot interface technologies are also employed to facilitate easy operation with no need for training. An interactive interface enables the user to easily transform the bed into the wheelchair. The wheelchair has an intuitive controller that allows the user to easily drive it and give it an instruction to go back into the bed.
I can't resist a reference to the marvelous Roujin Z-0001 military robot-based bed that also transforms into a very fast wheelchair-vehicle that can actually climb stairs and scrunch itself up very small to get onto elevators (see picture below).
(Roujin Z-0001 hospital bed and patient transport robot)
From Panasonic Develops Bed-Shaped Robot Transformable into Wheelchair
to Support People with Limited Mobility to Lead Independent Life via the entire rest of the Internet (I'm a bit late with this story).
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