Panasonic’s R&D has come up with a great new tool to help in elderly care.  Essentially, the apparatus is designed to help wash infirm or elderly patients in hospitals, eliminating a laborious work for the nurses.

As reported in the press release, the robot arms scan the user’s head in three dimensions, remembering the dimensions to “apply just the right amount of pressure to each person when shampooing and massaging”.  Each of the arms has three motors that independently control swing, press and massage motions. The robot even remembers each person’s head shape and preferred massage course.”  The hands have 16 fingers.

THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic to Showcase Electric Care Assistance Bed with Integrated Wheelchair and Hair-Washing Robot at International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition 2010.  

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