Robot Brings Happiness And Health to Care Facilities in Europe (Video)

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Technology and gadgets are exciting, sometimes even compelling. We see something new, something on the cutting edge, and we just have to have one. Rationality and reason go out the window as we whip out our credit card and quickly consummate the purchase. Then, almost inevitably our fantastic purchase loses our attention after a few weeks or months and is relegated to gathering dusk in some closet or corner of the garage.

Purchases that last are those that fill our basic needs and continue to provide us with satisfaction day after day, week after week. Robots are like that. Tens of thousands of home/personal robots have been sold over the past decade, but very few of them are still playing an active role in the life of their human owners. And, the exceptions, those robots that have really delivered on their promises and continuously contribute to improving quality of life, like ZORA ROBOT, give us significant insight into the way that robots and humans can live and work together building a bright future.


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BrainGate Mind Control of Robotics on PBS (Video)

Watch The Future of Prosthetics: Mind-Bending Robotic Arms on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

The May 16th PBS NewsHour program featured the latest developments of the BrainGate project, which has the potential to enable handicapped individuals to utilize and regain control, and interaction with, the world around them.

Via: The Future of Prosthetics: Mind-Bending Robotic Arms | PBS NewsHour | May 16, 2012 | PBS

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Toyota Showcases Healthcare Partner Robots (Video)

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Basic assumptions, whether explicitly defined or not, often determine the eventual success, or failure, of all research and design projects. It's all too easy for an engineer to make assumptions that don't bear out in the real world. It's also very common for corporate management to dedicate huge budgets to projects built on faulty logic.

After watching, and thinking about, some of the patient assistance robotic technology showcased yesterday by Toyota, I really have to wonder what their original design assumptions were. A good example is the Toyota Patient Transfer Assist Robot.


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