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Friday, 28th August 2009
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Robotic nurse showcased in Japan

A robot nurse in the shape of a smiling bear has been showcased in Japan.

The technological development has been made in the hope that medical staff can be assisted in helping disabled patients in and out of bed.

According to the Daily Mail, Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Riken) and Tokai Rubber Industries developed the robot, known as the Robot for Interactive Body Assistance (RIBA).

The technology has sensors, as well as being able to recognise co-workers and respond to simple commands.

Speaking to the newspaper, a spokesperson for Riken says: "Transferring patients from wheelchairs is heavy physical work. Many nurses have problems with their lower backs and RIBA should lighten this burden."

The teddy bear design was favoured to avoid frightening patients.

Medical and robotic experts in Japan have also unveiled a prototype of a hi-tech electric wheelchair, which has four wheels, and allows people to ride astride it, offering greater mobility.

Written by Mark Smith.