Panasonic has developed a hair-washing robotic that makes use of 16 electronically managed fingers to present an ideal wash and rinse, the corporate stated Friday.
The robotic, photographs of which had been distributed by Panasonic, seems to be concerning the dimension of a washer. Customers sit in a reclining chair and lean again to position their head within the machine’s open prime.
Two robotic arms information the 16 fingers, which have the identical dexterity as human fingers, the corporate claimed. Sensors scan the particular person’s head to measure its form and guarantee that simply the correct amount of stress is utilized when washing and rinsing, Panasonic stated.
The machine additionally remembers every particular person’s head form and most popular therapeutic massage course so a repeat wash and rinse is nearly as good as the primary.
The robotic was developed to help caregivers in hospitals and health-care services and is the product of a Panasonic program that’s growing robotic know-how for well being care and welfare providers.
The prototype shall be unveiled in Tokyo subsequent week on the Worldwide House Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition, which runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1.
On the identical occasion final 12 months Panasonic confirmed off a prototype of a robotic mattress that morphed right into a wheelchair. It labored within the reverse method that some airline seats convert into flat beds and the prototype on present final 12 months seemed very very similar to an plane seat. (See video.)
An up to date model of the mattress will even be unveiled on the occasion this 12 months.
The newest mannequin seems much less cumbersome than final 12 months’s prototype. Panasonic stated it has decreased the variety of motors and modified parts to make the docking and undocking of the wheelchair from the mattress a a lot smoother operation.
Panasonic stated the robots are designed to offer a extra snug life for the aged and folks with restricted mobility whereas decreasing the burden on caregivers.
Whereas not well-known for its robotic know-how, Panasonic is hoping to construct its analysis right into a $1.2 billion enterprise by 2015. The corporate has a robotics lab at its analysis laboratory in Osaka and has developed a handful of prototype robots along with the mattress.
They embody a porter robotic that can be utilized to help employees in pulling heavy objects like medical carts and a robotic that may help with serving meals and washing dishes. (See this video for photographs of those robots at work.)
Panasonic hasn’t offered a launch date for any of the robots. An impediment to their commercialization likes within the lack of security requirements and legal responsibility legal guidelines regarding robots that work together with people. Clarification is required on such points earlier than the robots may change into merchandise, however pointers might be revealed in Japan as early as 2012.
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