Developed by RIKEN, a natural sciences research institute in Japan, RIBA-II is a robot that lifts a patient weighing up to 80 kg (176 pounds) off the bed and onto a wheelchair. This Japanese innovation according to survey will free healthcare workers from the back-breaking and energy-consuming task.
Made of very soft material and rubber, RIBA-II is soft to touch and it moves around on wheels which also responds and reacts to voice commands. Built with rubber sensors, springs and improved joints at its base, it crouches and lifts a patient off a Japanese futon, a traditional mat placed on the floor or even lifts a patient from a hospital bed onto a wheelchair.
This innovative project was funded by the Japanese government and Tokai. And it is expected to eventually commercialize the robot in time when a lot of resources are needed to cope with the aging populations around the world.