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  • Thursday, March 16, 2006

    Japan: Robot built to help elderly

    According to this article, from AFP, via Yahoo, Japanese scientists have built a robot capable of carrying human beings:

    Government-backed research institute Riken said the 158-centimeter (five-foot) RI-MAN humanoid can already carry a doll weighing 12 kilograms (26 pounds) and could be capable of bearing 70 kilograms within five years.

    "We're hoping that through future study it will eventually be able to care for elderly people or work in rehabilitation," said Toshiharu Mukai, one of the research team leaders.

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