Tuesday, February 28, 2006

More Hugs for Robots

Here's another huggy robot for children in hospitals.
The RI-MAN robot from Japan's RIKEN research institute.

Their Bio-Mimetic Control Research Center figured out that robots needed a much softer touch to work with people. So they covered their robot nurse with a layer of soft silicone. They put 320 pressure sensors under the pliable skin so that the robot could adjust for more pressure.

The robot is 5 feet tall and rolls in at 200 pounds.
Now patients can hug their robot attendant as it helps them in and out of bed.

NEW - RI-MAM webpage in English

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Blogger Babsie said...

thank you Bob....this is the robot that i saw on the news

11:35 AM, March 15, 2006  

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