Though nearly every country in the world is ageing fast, Japan is at the front of the pack and in the next few decades
will see its ratio of workers to retirees change from 7-1 to 2-1 – a scary prospect, particularly in a country that has always revered and respected the elderly. Robotic assistants offer a solution to this dilemma and Panasonic has just announced the development of two special-care robots; a robotic bed that also transforms into a wheelchair and a robotic hair washing assistant. Both are specifically designed to aid and give independence to the elderly and people with limited mobility.
Panasonic’s robotic bed includes improvements from its previously developed bed late last year and features in-built voice recognition technology and the ability to transform directly from a bed into a wheelchair without the user needing to move.