Robear: Japanese Elder Care Robot Has Teddy Bear Head

robotic lift bear

A gentle giant with an almost disturbingly friendly face, this robotic bear (Robear) is designed to supplement nursing care, helping caregivers with tasks that require a balance of strength and delicacy like lifting patients.

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robotic bear in action

robotic bear nursing aid

Developed by scientists at RIKEN and sumitomo riko company limited, this robot can carry people, help them stand and assist with other basic tasks. Weighing in at 300 pounds it may sound heavy but is actually close to twice as light as its predecessors and competition.

robot bear extendable platform

robot bear help standing

robotic wheelchair assist bear

Powerful but gentle, the Robear sprouts out of a small base that makes it easy to maneuver through doorways and otherwise cramped spaces – its extendable legs get it a variable height for more versatile needs and allow it to distribute its weight more safely as well.

robot bear assistant

robot happy bear

The “robot has a number of features that enable it to exert force in a new, gentle way. the main one, with its very low gear ratio, is the actuator units which allow the joints to move very quickly, yet precisely. the caring movements provided ensures that the machine can perform power-intensive tasks, such as lifting patients, without endangering them.”

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