Robotic Legs for the Elderly

April 26, 2006

stair_robot.jpg A professor at the Waseda University in Tokyo has revealed his cure-all solution to the nation's growing elderly care problem: a pair of wobbly robotic legs. The two-legged robot is being developed by the university to provide transportation up stairs and inclines for the elderly and handicapped. It stands a unsteady four feet high, and it is controlled by two joysticks on the armrests of the chair it supports. If elderly people have a hard time getting around on their own, wouldn't it be reasonable to assume that they'll have a hard time controlling a giant monstrosity of gears and hydraulics? I'm definitely not looking forward to the day when old people start trampling parked cars and busting through walls. Or am I?

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