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Care robot YURINA carries a man at a demonstration during ROBOTECH, an exhibition on service robot manufacturing technologies, in Tokyo. YURINA is a device for moving elderly and disabled people to and from beds and chairs.

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somebody is going to make a killing with this thing....

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Japan is turning to the robots for everything. Soon Japan will be a nation of robots and it will not need any of it`s citizens to do anything but live and die because the robots that Japan is creating will do everything that a human can do. So sad.

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Why not use them for things that are difficult? Taking care of an elderly person who uses a wheelchair means lifting them in and out of bed, and on and off the wheelchair every time they use the bathroom or change clothes...you're lifting a hundred some-odd pounds perhaps 20 times a day. For a same-age spouse, or a woman taking care of a husband, it's nearly impossible to keep it up for long.

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Looks like a machine sold between 2 and 5 am on American TV to people who are tired and can't sleep. At least with those commercials they have nice looking people.

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Thought this was a dentist chair photo at first. Great idea like Himajin said, yet this thing is prolly going to be sooooo expensive, that many in need of such a thing might not be able to get one.

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Like JJ, I thought this was a dentist chair. My question is how does the robot pick the person up from the bed?

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Well, take a look at the anime "Time of Eve/Eve no Jikan" and I'm pretty sure thats where Japan is going to be in the next 2 decades. Robots will rule Japan!!!

A robot like this that can carry people is useful until stairs are taken into consideration. That is what disability ramps are needed for.

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I see this guy has thrown dignity right out the window.

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Is that a Wii controller?

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Soon Japan will need "robot insurance"!

http://www.robotmarketplace.com/video_oldglory_hi.html

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Dehumanisation of one of the most human activities, helping others. Next we have birth robots and soon we can live and die without any human contact. At least as Japanese.

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wont be needing those pesky foreign nurses much longer will we??

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Maybe soon there will be a robot to handle house work for useless Japanese guys in Japan who can`t find wives.

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kyoken:

Dehumanisation of one of the most human activities

Do you and your friends volunteer to help instead of the robots?

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Do you and your friends volunteer to help instead of the robots?

There are probable enough people, japanese, willing to do that job but for a fair wage not the one that can only pay for foreign cheap labor. But obviously that's not how things work.

The guy is holding the control, probably next version will have speech recognition but will be incompatible with the previous model of course.

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thats a great achievement,, but among 127 million people in japan theres none of them wanna be nurse again?

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Do you and your friends volunteer to help instead of the robots?

No, my company provides management advice only to hospitals and no body leasing. But I can tell you that my sister back in Germany does.

Still I wonder if I would want to end up in a robot driven home for elderly once the time comes. As for me, I don't.

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YURINA is a device for moving elderly and disabled people to and from beds and chairs.

but from the picture it seems as if healthy young man has brought YURINA in front of us !

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Is it just me, or does the name Yurina conjure up anything?

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@gogogo Yeah looks like one! lol Didn't notice it until you pointed it out. Could you imagine if the person drops the controller? Will prolly be SOL. Maybe the dials should be on the chair someplace. Or a wire latch that keeps the dropped controller within reach. Great idea flawed with the lack of common sense.

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It looks much safer than a Hoyer lift, which is what is currently used in the US (I don't know about nursing homes here).The Hoyer lift is basically a canvas sling hung from a frame, it takes a good bit of practice to use one safely. This looks great, especially for patients who don't have strength to hold their heads up or balance themselves.

http://www.planetmobility.com/store/paitentlifts/sling.html

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Ridiculous, to reduce the issue of safe care for the elderly to a racial issue. Do it for a while before making foolish statements. Lift someone 20 times a day and let us know how it works out for you.

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I sincerely hope this piece of equipment comes with a 'happy ending' setting. Just sayin'...

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Lift someone 20 times a day and let us know how it works out for you.

I'm fairly certain they could find plenty of workers that would be happy to do that, and for much cheaper than this robot would cost.

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That about wraps it up for the human race

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You know YURINA ROBOTECH exhibit when you see a transforming Valkyrie!

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alladin: Maybe soon there will be a robot to handle house work for useless Japanese guys in Japan who can`t find wives.

Is it just me? Or your comment is rather insulting?

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