Panasonic Develops Assist Robots

OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Panasonic released a video featuring its assist robots, which support
the everyday lives of workers and the elderly. The company has applied
the advanced control and sensor technologies that it has developed to
create a robot equipped with motors that assist human body mechanics.
These robots are safe to use and offer peace of mind. This video
highlights the latest developments in Panasonic’s assist robots.

[Video] Panasonic Assist Robots

Assist Robots for Industrial Use
Power assist suits for
industrial use have been developed by Activelink Co., Ltd., one of
Panasonic’s in-house venture companies.
“Our mission is to help
realize a Power Barrier-less Society by offering a helping hand during
manual labor and at other worksites” said Hiromichi Fujimoto, President
of Activelink Co., Ltd. “We are proposing robotics to help at these
worksites, because there will always be a certain level of work that
must be done by people, and these power assist suits can help reduce the
physical strain during such work”.

AWN-03: Back support offering Assist Suit
The AWN-03 was especially
developed to provide lower back support. It automatically senses the
user’s motion when lifting and holding heavy objects, and sends a signal
to the motors to rotate the gears. It also raises the user’s upper body
while pushing on their thighs, and as a result reduces stress on the
user’s lower back by 15kg.

By mimicking human motion, the PLN-01 named “Ninja” assists the user’s
motion while walking and running, for instance hiking up steep mountain
paths during afforestation. An upper body unit of the “Ninja” is
currently being developed, which will help lift and carry heavy items.

The Power Loader is a powerful suit that can be used during disaster
relief, construction, and public works. It has 4 sensors in the hands
and feet that control 20 motors.

Assist Robots for Elderly Care
Panasonic has been in the
nursing business for over 18 years in Japan running elderly care
facilities and developing devices that contribute to elderly care.
Elderly care may be mentally and physically straining for people who
give and receive care, so Panasonic is providing solutions that improve
the quality of life of both the elderly and caregivers.

“As Japan has becomes an aging-society, Panasonic is aspiring to make
its contribution by supporting the elderly and their families lead a
comfortable life full of smiling faces and laughter” explained Hitoshi
Sasaki, Assistant Director of Sincere Kourien, an elderly care facility
run by Panasonic AGE-FREE. “There are many instances that can be
straining to both caregivers and care recipients. Just moving from the
bed to a wheelchair can be a very energy consuming both parties.”

Panasonic developed Resyone, a combination of
electric nursing care bed and an electric full reclining wheelchair.
Resyone’s bed splits in half and one half transforms into a reclining
wheelchair. Caregivers no longer have to lift residents from the bed to
the wheelchair, so it reduces the strain on both the caregiver and
residents and also helps maintains residents’ dignity.
became the world’s first product to receive the ISO13482 certification,
the new global safety standard for personal care robots.

Self-Reliance Support Robot
The Self-Reliance Support Robot
assists the elderly when moving from the bed to the restroom, chairs
etc. and empowers them to perform everyday tasks, such as using the
restroom and watching television. This robot senses the slightest of
movement and can predict how the elderly is doing based on the
information gathered by the sensors. The motors in this robot only
provide the level of power necessary, that is lacking, allowing
residents to use their own remaining muscle strength and thereby
prevents unnecessary muscle atrophy and strain. The robot also reduces
strain for the caregiver as well, because they will no longer have to
use their own physical strength.

To help realize a better life, Panasonic will continue to develop robots
that provide assistance in a wide range of fields that are safe to use
and offers peace of mind.

Related Links
Activelink Co., Ltd

Panasonic Introduces Its Advanced Care Solutions “For Nursing Care and
Lifestyles of the Future” – H.C.R. 2015

Panasonic Solutions for Seniors


Panasonic Corporation
Global Communications Department
Promotion Office