Robotic Bed Converts into Wheelchair by Voice Command

I guess there are days when anyone could use a robotic bed.  Imagine having this special bed for the mornings when you just can’t get up and you need to make it to the kitchen where your robotic coffeemaker has the caffeine waiting.  This bed makes itself into a wheelchair that can carry you to your desired destination. Okay, so that was just to get your attention.  

Seriously, this robot was not developed for the lazy or the sleepy.  It is for the patient who has a medical disability that keeps him or her from moving about on their own.  Activated by voice commands, the robot can convert itself into a motorized wheelchair with no other input from the patient.  There is a security monitor to allow the person see what is happening in other rooms.  It can even turn the patient to prevent bedsores.  Watch the video on You Tube and check out the stories at the links below.

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Robotic bed that converts into a wheelchair
Business Standard
The robot also helps the user turn over to prevent bedsores. Panasonic, which formed a robotic unit last year, sees a profitable future in robotics.
Wheelchair Bed Robot Daily Contributor 

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Robotic bed that converts into a wheelchair – Business Standard
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Mon, 19 Oct 2009 10:47:17 GMT

Thoughts Can Control Wheelchair

Someday you may sit down behind the wheel of your new Toyota vehicle, secure your seatbelt and shoulder restraint, and put on your thinking cap.  This automobile will be controlled by your thoughts.  Far-fetched you say?  Well, Toyota is showing off a new wheelchair that is controlled by the brainwaves of the user.  Wearing a cap that measures the brain’s waves, a rider can order the machine to move or turn, just by thinking.  Of course, this has the potential of providing the physically disabled the means of mobility either in a car or a wheelchair.  It could also provide the means of controlling any appliance in the home.  Read the stories below by following the links.  What other uses for this technology might exist?  I welcome your comments.

thought controlled wheelchair

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A researcher wearing a cap that can read brain signals rides on a wheelchair that can be steered by detecting brain waves at Riken Brain Science Institute in Wako near Tokyo, Japan.

Wheelchair 'steered by thought' unveiled
Tue, 30 Jun 2009 07:42:56 GMT

BRILLIANT: Researcher Choi Kyuwan displays a prototype electric wheelchair developed by Riken and Japan's Toyota Motor which is controlled by the user's brain waves.

Thought-steered wheelchair – cars next?
Tue, 30 Jun 2009 08:22:33 GMT

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