Robots Are Honored in Japan

Robots Are Honored in Japan

(washigtonpost) - feeding machine and a furry, therapeutic seal _ both designed to make life easier for older people _ were among robots honored at a government-sponsored robotics award ceremony in Japan on Thursday.

The "My Spoon" feeding robot, which won a prize in the "service robots" category of the Robot Award 2006, helps older or disabled people eat with a joystick-controlled swiveling arm that shovels morsels from a plate to the person's mouth.

My Spoon, which is already sold in Japan and Europe, doesn't force feed: the spoon-fitted arm stops at a preprogrammed position in front of the mouth so users can bite and swallow at their leisure, according to developer Secom Co, reports Trend.

Another robot awarded in the service category was "Paro," a furry seal fitted with sensors beneath its fur and whiskers that let it respond to petting by opening and closing its eyes and moving its flippers.

More than 800 of the seal robots, developed by Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science, are used for therapy in Japanese nursing homes and by autistic and handicapped children, according to the award's Web site.

Also awarded Thursday at the lavish Tokyo ceremony was a mammoth, automatic vacuum-cleaner-on-wheels that uses elevators to travel unaided between floors, designed by Fuji Heavy Industries.

The Motoman factory worker robot by Yaskawa Electric Corp., which emulates human hand movements, won a prize in the industrial robots category.

Robots are seen in Japan as one way to deal with a rapidly aging population and combat an impending labor shortage. The country's population of 127 million is expected to plunge 30 percent by 2055, with those aged 65 or older making up 40 percent of that figure, according to government forecasts released earlier this week.

Amid a general reluctance to accept more foreign laborers, robots are seen as a way to make up the shortfall in manpower either directly or by helping older people work longer. Robots could also help care for the country's growing elderly population, analysts say.

The Robot Award was set up earlier this year by the Japanese government to promote research and development in the robotics industry. Ten robots won prizes out of a total of 152 entries from across Japan.

Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19
Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19
Kenya Airways suspends flights to France, Netherlands due to COVID-19
Kenya Airways suspends flights to France, Netherlands due to COVID-19
‘Bibiheybat’ Ship Repair Yard completes overhaul of ‘Ramiz Hajiyev’ floating crane
‘Bibiheybat’ Ship Repair Yard completes overhaul of ‘Ramiz Hajiyev’ floating crane
Loading Bars
Latest
Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19
UK business activity suffers steep slump in January amid fresh lockdown
Kazakhstan boosts exports volume to Canada amid COVID-19
Kenya Airways suspends flights to France, Netherlands due to COVID-19
Italy tells TikTok to block users after death of young girl
UK records another 40,261 coronavirus cases, 1,401 deaths
Canada's Trudeau presses Pfizer CEO on vaccine shortage, hints at travel crackdown
Swiss court finds Israeli businessman Beny Steinmetz guilty of corruption
Georgian ski resorts remain closed
Kazakhstan increases volume of petroleum oil exported to Germany
Four men jailed for manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants in UK
Reports that Azerbaijani Minister of Sports fell into coma - not true
Turkey registers more than 5 967 new coronavirus cases
Iran has increased oil export - Minister
UAE confirms it inked $23 billion deal to buy F-35 jets, drones from U.S.
Georgian President meets EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement
Azerbaijan discloses trade surplus with Romania
East Kazakhstan prolongs restrictions
Azerbaijani State Customs Committee exceeds forecast of budget receipts in 2020
‘Bibiheybat’ Ship Repair Yard completes overhaul of ‘Ramiz Hajiyev’ floating crane
Azerbaijan’s export of precious stones and natural pearls up
State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan unveils budget revenues and expenditures
Azerbaijan's Central Bank talks images of new manat banknotes appearing on social media
Azerbaijan discloses area of liberated lands sown with wheat in Aghdam
Azerbaijan confirms 632 more COVID-19 recoveries
Azerbaijani, Georgian FMs exchange views on latest situation in region
Period of revival of previously occupied Azerbaijani lands already began - ambassador
Denim production to be launched at textile enterprise in Uzbek Bukhara region
Azerbaijani expert talks future plans for import of hydrogen vehicles
Georgia - one of largest beneficiaries of EBRD investments per capita
USAID provides comprehensive support to entrepreneurship dev’t in Turkmenistan
French Proparco provides Georgian hospitals with grant to support COVID-19 battle
Uzbekistan to make strengthening relations with states of Central Asia priority
Georgia to establish blackberry plantation via state program
India’s role in combating COVID-19 through vaccine development and manufacturing
Russian Gazprombank expecting Azerbaijani sovereign rating's return to 'stable' outlook
Support for revival of Nagorno-Karabakh must become way of life – Azerbaijani minister
Tesla Israel headquarters nears completion
Armenian soldiers demanding compensation for participation in Karabakh war
Azerbaijan shows footage from Yukhari Abdurrakhmanli village of Fuzuli (VIDEO)
Azercell is always leading with its exemplary service quality
Uzbekistan may consider temporary suspension of yarn exports
Georgia reveals volume of domestic debt
Walmart expands vaccinations in boost to U.S. COVID-19 program
Israeli company eyes creating lavender plantations in Uzbek Namangan region
Georgia reveals volume of imported oil bitumen
European standard bakery to open with support of Bank of Georgia
Kazakhstan investing in Georgia across wide range of economy spheres
Georgia sees decrease in import of aviation fuel
Azerbaijani president declared Karabakh status issue - thing of the past, MFA says
Dagestan starts exporting ceramic products to Azerbaijan
Georgian RMG Gold company's total sales increase
Demand for notes of Central Bank of Azerbaijan exceeds supply
Assessment of damage caused by Armenia to Azerbaijani civilian objects continues
Volume of cargo passing through Astara terminal increasing from year to year
Criminal case opened against more terrorists used by Armenia against Azerbaijan
National Bank of Kazakhstan determines strategic initiatives for 2021
Bukhara oil refinery produces floating pontoons to eliminate loss of light hydrocarbons
Azerbaijan establishes Agency for Development of Economic Zones
Azerbaijan developing employment programs for future residents of liberated lands
Georgia decides to increase subsidies for flour
UK can help Azerbaijan to demine liberated lands - ambassador
Azerbaijan, UK discuss issues of development of co-op in area of defense
EU, FAO supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia
Automated warehouse system introduced at Uzbekneftegaz JSC
Projected volume of trade turnover between Turkmenistan, US for 2021 named
Kazakhstan's monetary base surges in value in Dec. 2020
Uzbekneftegaz manages to reduce imports of materials, technical resources
Elon Musk to offer $100 million prize for 'best' carbon capture tech
Kazakhstan boosts petroleum oil exports to Spain despite COVID-19
Georgia to restore operations of municipal transport, schools and stores
Application of TRACECA single transit permit digitalizes transport and logistics sector
Azerbaijani gymnasts to take part in European Championships in Switzerland
Kazakhstan deregulates tanker call-in services for oil crude, products export
Azerbaijan's energy company building new substation in liberated Shusha (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Regular flights to resume from February 1 in Georgia
PASHA Bank's branch in liberated Shusha to help implement territories' restoration initiatives
Nar offers special discounts for Karabagh war veterans
Austrian Enhanced Resource Company talks about work plans in Azerbaijan for 2021
Azerbaijani banking community eyeing dev't of entrepreneurial ecosystem in liberated territories
German government sees 2021 GDP growth of 3%
Kazatomprom completes COVID-19 testing at its JV with French Orano
Introduction of Euro-5 diesel standard postponed in Georgia
Azerbaijan studying Turkey's experience to create liberal electricity market
Baku Higher Oil School holds discussions on ‘Natural resources of Karabakh’ (PHOTO)
Volume of vegetable oil imported by Turkmenistan from EAEU revealed
Major foreign companies to support logistics and fulfillment center creation in Kazakhstan
Volkswagen operating profit drops by half in 2020
Azerbaijan discloses commercial banks' total share in GDP
Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan co-op development serves economic well-being of region - MP
Georgian government's action plan has direct, clear priorities - PM
Demand for dairy products of EAEU countries increases in Turkmenistan
Cotton fiber production increases in Uzbekistan
All preventive measures to be taken in connection with COVID-19 at Azerbaijani schools
Public Council under Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology to assess damage in liberated lands
Azerbaijan's PASHA Bank talks government initiatives for restoring liberated territories
Passenger traffic of Georgian airports significantly down
Tutoring activity may be resumed in Azerbaijan soon - minister
Turkmenistan increases import of flour from EAEU
China's CEIC, China Reform set up $1.55 billion new energy fund
All news