While many of these robots aren’t likely to see distribution until well into the next decade, Panasonic already has plans to start sales on a dispensary robot next year. That bot will provide the correct (pre-determined) medications when a patient’s ID number is supplied. Robots represent a large capital investment for long term savings in labor, so forward looking healthcare providers may act soon to test if the devices will help mitigate the looming aging population crisis.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Panasonic's Home Use Service Robots
Among the service robots Panasonic recently introduced is a bed with TV that can be transformed into a motorized car. Because of issues around safety standards, Panasonic is not yet ready to market the device, however, the company believes that eventually it will be sold for 1-1.5 million yen (roughly $11,000). An article and video on Panasonic's new service devices is available at Singularity Hub. The article titled, New Panasonic Robots To Assist The Elderly, was written by Aaron Saenz.