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Friday, August 28, 2009

Robot for Interactive Body Assistance

Researchers at Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) and Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (TRI) have developed a robot for Interactive Body Assistance (RIBA). The robot is designed primarily to assist nurses by lifting patients in and out of their beds and wheelchairs (as well as on and off the toilet), the 180-kilogram robot can safely pick up and carry people weighing up to 61 kilograms.

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