April 26, 2006
Robot Legs Could Give Japan’s Elderly a Lift
TOKYO -- A two-legged robot being developed by Japanese scientists could one day carry the elderly and handicapped up stairs or inclines.
Standing 1.28 meters (4 ft), the robot is essentially a seat that walks on two mechanical legs. A person hops on the seat and controls its movements using two joysticks.
"We began this research so as to provide a new level of mobility to the elderly and the handicapped," Atsuo Takanishi, a professor who specializes in mechanical engineering at Waseda University in Tokyo, told a news conference on Wednesday.