RIBA robot nurse bear

by: Shaniya Head

What task does the robot perform,What human function or task does this robot simulate

Designed primarily to assist nurses by lifting patients in and out of their beds and wheelchairs (as well as on and off the toilet), the 180-kilogram (400-lb) robot can safely pick up and carry people weighing as much as 61 kilograms (135 lbs. The soft skin is designed to ensure the comfort of patients while they are being carried. In addition, the arm joints yield slightly under pressure -- much like human arms do -- further increasing the level of comfort and safety.

Where is the robot used? What is its work envelope.

It is used in the hospital. lifting patients in and out of their beds and wheelchairs (as well as on and off the toilet), the 180-kilogram (400-lb) robot can safely pick up and carry people weighing as much as 61 kilograms (135 lbs.). It has multi-jointed arms embedded with an array of tactile sensors that help it optimize the lifting and carrying of humans. For safety purposes, RIBA's entire body is covered in a soft skin molded from an advanced lightweight urethane foam developed by TRI. The soft skin is designed to ensure the comfort of patients while they are being carried. In addition, the arm joints yield slightly under pressure -- much like human arms do -- further increasing the level of comfort and safety

Describe the impact that this robot has had or could have on its intended audience

It is saving physical harm for hospital workers.

What type of jobs/careers can this robot create to provide employment for people?

It would provide jobs for the people making the robots.

Predict and explain how this robot may be altered to perform more or different tasks in the future.

In the future it will be altered to be able to lift more weight.
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