Japanese techs have created yet another cool piece of technology. ?They have created a robot to help the elderly. The RIBA-II as it is known can lift a person weighing up to 80 kilograms (176 pounds) from a bed to a wheelchair! ?How cool is that? ? It can also deposit patients back onto a bed. ?The robot itself looks like a giant non-threatening teddy bear, in robot form of course, and is covered in soft materials so as not to hurt patients when lifting them. ?The RIBA-II has sensors which help it to know when to lift and whether the person is safely in its arms before lifting and can also tell the person’s weight to ensure patient safety. ?The RIBA-II is very helpful to nurses who must lift patients several times a day from a bed (think floor level futon type of bed, not the type as in the west) to a wheelchair. ?The strain on nurses is reduced ten-fold!
The robot itself was developed by RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI) back in 2009, but the first robot had some limitations, preventing wide-scale marketing in Japan. ?Glitches were fixed and the RIBA-II was unveiled earlier this month. ?The robot has not yet been used widescale in nursing home facilities, but will most likely in the near future. ?However, don’t think you can just go out and buy your very own RIBA-II unless you’re wealthy or having been saving a lot of money for a rainy day. ?Once on the market,?the cost of a RIBA-II will be approximately $77,000.