Panasonic is a world leader in industrial robotics, and they are attempting to make inroads into the health care industry. To this end, they are unveiling three new robots to the market. The first is the communication assistance robot named HOSPI-Rimo.
HOSPI-Rimo serves as an intermediary to enable comfortable communication between people who are bed ridden or have limited mobility to communicate with other people, for example, their attending doctor in a separate room in the hospital or friends who live far away, as if they were interacting face to face. Panasonic developed HOSPI automatic medication delivery robot, which is used in hospitals in Japan and other countries. HOSPI-Rimo employs HOSPI’s autonomous mobility technology and high-definition visual communications technology.
They have updated their RoboticBed that converts from a bed to a wheelchair, enabling patients who are unable to support themselves to move from bed to chair and back.
The third product in their line-up is a newer version of their hair washing robot.
It is only a matter of time before you will be relaxing in your home spa having your head washed and massaged by 24 robotic fingers.
Not that it’s something I’ll ever need to worry about.