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Robotic Bed

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: Panasonic has created a prototype robotic bed which transforms into a wheelchair allowing the elderly or individuals with disabilities to get up without assistance. The user remains in the bed while the bed turns into a wheelchair. The conversion to a wheelchair involves half of the mattress rising and half lowering while a motorized unit beneath it automatically slides out from the bed. While in chair mode, the robot can detect people and obstacles and assist users in avoiding collisions. A controller allows the user to drive the chair and return to the bed. In addition to increased mobility without assistance, the mattress is designed to assist individuals with turning over in bed to prevent bedsores. The bed’s robotic canopy automatically rises when the unit transforms. Additional features include a screen that acts as a TV, a controller for home appliances, and a home security camera viewer. AUTHOR: Tim Hornyak. TITLE: Panasonic's Robotic Bed transforms into wheelchair. WEBSITE: CNet News REF: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10356400-1.html?tag=mncol.

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