Bringing a whole new facet of care-giving to the elderly population of Japan, RIKEN and Tokai Rubber launched an improved version of the RIBA (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) humanoid robot. The robot, named RIBA-II, presented a whole new character with its great functionalities.
RIBA-II proudly exhibits an improved weight limit in relation to lifting patients. The new capacity is set to up to 80 kg. This limit is far better than the RIBA’s limit of 61 kg. Aside from this obvious improvement, this healthcare robot has also improved in terms of its ability to lift patients on a floor-level futon. This has been made possible by the inclusion of new powerful joints, giving it the capacity to bend deeply at its waist.
Fulfilling its functions as a robotic healthcare assistant, RIBA-II can transfer a patient from a wheelchair to another destination and vice versa. Through this function, it saves nurses from as much as 40 times of performing this very tiring task. It also has Smart Rubber sensors, which are considered as the world’s first capacitive-sensors made from rubber. This feature allows the robot to be physically guided by nurses in its movements. The touch screen interface located on the back of RIBA-II allows it to be sent to various locations, such as a patient’s room.