RIBA-II Robot Ready For Patients (and movies?)

The RIBA-II robot is being readied for clinical trials in hospitals. This robot, the Robot for Interactive Body Assistance, can lift people weighing up to 80 kilograms from the floor or a chair into a bed or gurney. As seen in this picture.


(RIBA-II carries patient)

I often have the feeling that roboticists are unconsciously following the dictates of the sf novels and films that they absorbed when younger. Where have I seen this picture before?


(Robbie the Robot carries Anne Francis)

Ah, that's right. In the famous 1956 film Forbidden Planet, Robbie the robot carries Altaira (Anne Francis).

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