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Latest update： 14/09/2020 15:48:11
Research and development of medical, care, and disaster response robots.
The starting point of consideration for AIZUK’s robot development is the challenges that the medical and care services are facing. AIZUK is a robot developer that was established by a hospital. Our mission is to develop truly useful robots for medical and care services. In addition to medical/care robots, we also develop disaster response robots and health care systems.
- Disaster response robot “SPIDER”
Furthermore, it can be used to perform tasks in spaces that are extremely narrow for a human to enter or at dangerous sites. [It can operate on rough terrains] The two main crawlers and four sub crawlers, two at the front and two at the back, enable easy operation on rough, uneven terrains. [Controllers] The robot is operated using a tablet terminal or game controller. [Remote control sensors] Equipped with sensors that enable remote control, namely USB cameras, nine-axis sensors, laser range sensors, and GPS. [Six-axis arm] Equipped with a six-axis arm that enables it to hold objects and perform simple tasks. [RTM-based] As a result of our joint research with Municipal University Corporation Aizu University, we have employed an RT-Middleware, which is a middleware for developing remote controller software with high extensibility based on open specifications. It has simplified the development/extension of controllers.
Feature 1 It is equipped with four independently operated sub-crawlers that allow it to move over debris and ramps and move up and down stairs. Feature 2 It can be remote controlled through radio. Compatible devices: game controllers, table terminals, and laptop computers It can run the test field 10 times in approximately 8 min through a remote control from a separate room (Running test evaluation with an equivalent of ASTM E2827-11*). * ASTM E2827-11: running a field with a series of 15° slopes in a figure of eight. Feature 3 High extendability as it is based on open specifications. We use an RT-Middleware (OpenRTM-aist) as the middleware for the development of remote controller software. This makes the addition of new sensors, the development of controllers, and extension/correction of functions easy.
- Medical/nursing robot “Keipu”
Robots to reduce the burden of caretakers
The common transfer method from wheelchair to bed, in which the patient has to be held by the carer first, has many problems, including the differences in arm length and height between carers and the significant strain it puts on their energy and backs. [Reduction of carers’ workloads 1] Enables direct transfer of a patient from the bed. Keipu does not require the carer to lift, hold, or turn the patient. Instead, by sliding from the back, it allows direct transfer of the patient from the bed. [Reduction of carers’ workloads 2] On the spot turning allows smooth usage even in narrow spaces. Keipu can turn 360° on the spot. This allows smooth usage in narrow spaces such as toilets or elevators.
[A seat that moves upward and downward electrically] You can adjust the height of chair you are sitting on electrically. You can adjust the height of the chair to the height of the object you want to move to, such as a bed or a toilet seat. [Turning on the spot] Keipu can turn on the spot. It does not require a technique similar to parking a car in a garage. You can enter narrow spaces, such as a toilet or elevator, with a forward motion and exit these with a forward motion. [Sitting from the back] As it has no backrest, users can seat themselves directly from a bed or wheelchair by simply adjusting the height to that of the bed. [Operation by joystick] Just by pushing the joystick in the direction you want to move toward with one hand, it can easily be operated. Anyone can easily operate it. [Adjustable to five different speeds] It can be adjusted to five different speeds. Users can move slowly in busy or narrow areas and move fast in open areas.
- Large disaster response robot “T54-RTM Enryu”
It enables remote control from a safe distance when working at a disaster site where there is a danger of a secondary accident. [Six-axis arm] It is equipped with two six-axis hydraulic arms and is capable of lifting objects such as rubble. [Seven cameras] The dedicated controller has wired and wireless versions. Remote control is made possible using its seven cameras to assess the surrounding environment. [Controllers] The robot is operated using a tablet terminal or game controller. [RTM-based] As a result of our joint research with Municipal University Corporation Aizu University, we have employed an RT-Middleware, which is a middleware for developing remote controller software with high extensibility based on open specifications. It has simplified the development/extension of controllers.
Feature 1. It can be remote controlled through radio. Compatible devices: game controller, table terminals, laptop computers, and special controller Feature 2. We use an RT-Middleware (OpenRTM-aist) as the development middleware for remote control devices. This makes it easy to develop new control devices and expand/modify equipment. The large size of specialized controllers has been reduced to that of a game controller, making it easier to operate. Feature 3. It is equipped with two hydraulic arms and is capable of lifting objects such as rubble.
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