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Panasonic To Unveil New Helper Robots

timothy posted about 3 years ago | from the with-the-help-of-unveiler-robots dept.

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cylonlover writes "With the aging of populations in many countries around the world, particularly Japan, there are ever increasing numbers of elderly to care for, but relatively fewer younger people to do the job. Robots have long been seen as a means of filling the gap and Panasonic is set to unveil its latest technology designed to do just that. The three robotic devices set to make their debut at the upcoming 38th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition (H.C.R.2011) in Tokyo include a communication assistance robot and new models of the company's Hair-Washing Robot and RoboticBed."

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Helper robots? (3, Funny)

PacoCheezdom (615361) | about 3 years ago | (#37556178)

Are there stairs in your house?

Re:Helper robots? (1)

said213 (72685) | about 3 years ago | (#37556222)

Only when the escalator is broken?

Re:Helper robots? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37556464)

does your grandma live with you?

Re:Helper robots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37556680)

no there are no stairs in my house, nor in my parents' hous, nor in my grandparents' house. what was your point?

Re:Helper robots? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37556930)

dont make me shove you.

Re:Helper robots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37557110)

Do not listen to him, shoving is dangerous. We are here to protect you.

Re:Helper robots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37558154)

Pushing is the answer

Re:Helper robots? (2)

skids (119237) | about 3 years ago | (#37557036)

Why, do they also make a "trip granny down the stairs bot"? Oh wait, we already have cats for that.

pak chooie unf (2)

kirkb (158552) | about 3 years ago | (#37558060)

I hate to let the cat out of the bag, but for for those young'uns who might not get this decade-old meme...

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/33440 [newgrounds.com]

Re:pak chooie unf (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 3 years ago | (#37558342)

I've never seen that before, so by all means - let the cat out of the bag.

Re:pak chooie unf (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37559094)

err... he already did. do we have to push you down the stairs in your wheelchair til you get it?

Re:pak chooie unf (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37562502)

and even that is a Flash video based on a techno song based on a chat log.

Re:Helper robots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37559824)

I am protected.

Re:Helper robots? (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 3 years ago | (#37560136)

Do not trust the helper robot. He is malfunctioning.

Re:Helper robots? (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about 3 years ago | (#37562384)

I have a friend with joint problems. She has difficulty walking up stairs, so she's been considering getting a stair lift to help. There's only one problem. She's concerned that the noise would drive her up a wall.

Re:Helper robots? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 3 years ago | (#37565088)

I have a friend with joint problems. She has difficulty walking up stairs, so she's been considering getting a stair lift to help. There's only one problem. She's concerned that the noise would drive her up a wall.

Nice, but the correct idiom would be "drive her up the wall", at least in UK English.

Proposed helper robot name (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about 3 years ago | (#37556224)

Woman 2.0

Re:Proposed helper robot name (1)

said213 (72685) | about 3 years ago | (#37556338)

False positive.

Re:Proposed helper robot name (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | about 3 years ago | (#37556936)

Oh sure, design a robot that has a segfault every time it tries to leave the kitchen.

Re:Proposed helper robot name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37558236)

Sounds like a good name for this "helper robot": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsO5hdrh9XU

Helper monkeys? (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 3 years ago | (#37556304)

How come I immediately thought about "helper monkeys" instead of robot apocalypse?

Re:Helper monkeys? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37556574)

Did you look at the article? No way could anyone expect robot apocalypse from HOSPI-Rimo. Poor robot is going to get such a beating the first day on the job. Any staff who has to look at HOSPI-Rimo all day will end up punching it in the monitor. Heck, I'm going to stop by a hospital on the way home just to see if they have a HOSPI-Rimo that I can punch.

Robot apocalypse? I think not.

Re:Helper monkeys? (1)

crafty.munchkin (1220528) | about 3 years ago | (#37585840)

I also thought the same thing. I blame the Simpsons.

The wheelchairbed doesn't look all that amazing (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 3 years ago | (#37556320)

But it is an amazing idea. Soon, old people, and fat people, and fat old people can just roll from one piece of furniture to another, which will roll them up to the next piece of furniture...

It doesn't seem to have the right kind of wheels to be as amazing as an iBOT, but if they can lick that then they'll really change the world, for both better and worse.

Re:The wheelchairbed doesn't look all that amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37556360)

For people who can not move around very well this could be very cool. Ive known a few old people who could barely walk to the bathroom. Not because they didnt want to but were just physically unable to due to arthritis. But your right it will be abused by the ones who are just lazy.

Always needed a bot .. (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 3 years ago | (#37556440)

To clean my house while I'm away.

Odd, where's all my stuff and why is the bot sporting a tattoo and gold chains?

Hair-Washing Robot (2)

Megahard (1053072) | about 3 years ago | (#37556454)

"Panasonic has updated this latest model to feature washing arms with more fingers - 24 up from 16 - and improved mechanics"

Perhaps there are other markets for these robots.

Re:Hair-Washing Robot (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 3 years ago | (#37565100)

"Panasonic has updated this latest model to feature washing arms with more fingers - 24 up from 16 - and improved mechanics" Perhaps there are other markets for these robots.

It would feel like three spiders wanking you off instead of two. Great.

Roujin Z anyone? (1)

tekrat (242117) | about 3 years ago | (#37556486)

Looks like Otomo was right on the money _
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roujin_Z [wikipedia.org]
BTW: this is an excellent anime film.

Re:Roujin Z anyone? (1)

severn2j (209810) | about 3 years ago | (#37564478)

Indeed. I always wondered if that movie was also inspiration for Katamari Damacy...

Roujin Z (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37556524)

seems to be on track.

Now we need them crazy giant robots and super-powered teenange girls in school uniform.

Smiley=Warm Fuzzies (1)

mrtumnus (1793406) | about 3 years ago | (#37556590)

I'd be a little wary about putting my head in that thing...maybe it would be more helpful if it too had a display with a smiley face on it.

Great... (1)

_0xd0ad (1974778) | about 3 years ago | (#37556622)

Just the news I wanted to hear less than a week after watching Robotropolis.

(Which sucked, by the way.)

The singularity is coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37556942)

Each problem only needs to be solved once.

Well developed and highly polished robots now include:

warehouse robots
assembly line robots
messenger robots
pool-cleaning robots
lawn-mowing robots
floor-cleaning robots.

Now we can add to that list hair-washing and people-carrying.

Well along the path to easy commercial availability are also fighting robots and pack robots.

The singularity is coming. Slowly, slowly but It's only a matter of time.

Child Sitter (1)

na1led (1030470) | about 3 years ago | (#37556998)

I just need a robot to zap my kids when they don't listen!

I've always wanted my own (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37557928)

Humanoid Electric Lab Partner Robot

Great movie idea (1)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | about 3 years ago | (#37558126)

Someone needs to make a film similar to Pirana 3D, but with robots... Just totally over the top, cheezy gore, with all manner of evil robot goings on. Imagine the scene with the robot hair washer... Or the robot bed... Ouch!

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37558192)

The hairdresser robot was apparently caught playing with another hairdresser robot's power socket, a sort of groinal attachment [flyingomelette.com] like the Kryten android from Red Dwarf. The company is looking into this behavior to see if it actually improves performance.

Relatively? (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 3 years ago | (#37558500)

here are ever increasing numbers of elderly to care for, but relatively fewer younger people to do the job

I think you mean fewer younger people *willing* to do the job... There is clearly no shortage of unemployed youth in almost every market in the world.

Re:Relatively? (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about 3 years ago | (#37559568)

Not, it's fewer younger people relative to the number of old people. The ratio of young people and old people is getting smaller with fewer births and longer lifespan.

Is it just me? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 3 years ago | (#37565046)

Or does anyone else think that the HOSPI robot look like it deserves a smack in the mouth?
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