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The bio-mimetic control research center of RIKEN is promoting basic research on the flexible and dynamic motor functions of biological systems.
The goal is to create advanced engineering systems such as a soft human interactive robot.
RI-MAN exhibits the skill and ability to realize human care and welfare tasks. RI-MAN will become an invaluable partner robot.
RI-MAN is a robot being developed to help take care of the elderly, it's body is covered with a silion based non-toxi safe-foam.
It has pressure sensors built into it.
These two things allow the robot to be careful enough to actually pick up a sleeping person and carry them to their bed.
The technology has other uses to, it could possibly pick up an injured person and carry them to a place that they will do better in until EMS can arrive.
It could also be adapted so that if a person becomes unconscious from smoke during a fire RI-MAN or the variant could carry the person to safety.
Will the machine be serving us or will we be serving the machine?