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Japan medical robots catching on in Europe
Japan News ^ | 10/28/2013 | Takehito Kudo

Posted on 10/27/2013 11:24:02 PM PDT by TexGrill

Takehito Kudo / Yomiuri Shimbun CorrespondentBOCHUM, Germany—A Japanese third-sector cooperative project to promote the use of medical and nursing care robots as part of the government’s growth strategy is gaining traction in Europe.

Behind the development is the aging population’s growing recognition of Japanese cutting-edge technology in this field and a positive stance toward adopting such technology.

One of the most well-known medical devices is a robotic suit called Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), which helps elderly people with physical disabilities move their body by reading information from sensors on their skin and slight changes in electric signals produced by muscles when they attempt to move their arms or legs.

Another popular device is PARO, a seal-shaped robot that is believed to have a therapeutic effect on patients. The seal has been adopted by about 30 countries around the world.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: japaneconomy
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1 posted on 10/27/2013 11:24:02 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

The robot business has been doubling at a pretty consistent rate - kind of like computers and software, but earlier on the growth curve. The way things are going, robotics is on track to become a significant large industry over the next ten years - time to start lining up the financing for large investments in facilities and equipment.

The Japanese are very deliberately looking to be World leaders in producing them. They see it becoming as big for them as the automotive or consumer electronics sectors. The Government there started big R&D efforts back in the 1980’s, and has continued focused development with their major industrial conglomerates (Zaibatsu) ever since.

This is the dawn of mass market robots, like the 1990s was the dawn of the Internet. The Japanese can produce pets and health care robots. I want an attack robot to patrol my property - never sleeping, seeing in the dark, loaded with pepper spray, tasers and spraying flechettes.

Good Robot. You go get ‘em. And bring me back a beer.

2 posted on 10/28/2013 12:47:38 AM PDT by BeauBo
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To: BeauBo

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3 posted on 10/28/2013 4:32:58 AM PDT by catman67
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