Panasonic Robotic Care Assistance With Wheelchair
Prototypes of Panasonic's electric care assistance bed will be shown at the 37th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition (H.C.R.) 2010 to be held at the Tokyo Big Sight next week. These prototypes are a refinement of the Roboticbed introduced last year.
(Panasonic care assistance bed with integrated wheelchair)
Using its expertise in robotics technology, Panasonic simplified the structure of the new electric care assistance bed by reducing the number of motors and modifying the components. As a result, the user can separate and reunite the bed and the wheelchair more easily, which further reduces the risk and burden associated with the transfer for the user and the caregiver. Adoption of pneumatic support and supplemental wheels also helps the care worker. Voice guidance and LED lights tell the user when the bed is ready to release the wheelchair.
Technovelgy readers are familiar with the Roujin Z-0001 military robot-based bed that also transforms into a very fast wheelchair-vehicle that can actually climb stairs and close in on itself to get onto elevators (see picture below).
(Roujin Z-0001 hospital bed and patient transport robot)
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