As Japan continues to loom under the devastating natural catastrophe, very few are left to look after the elderly people. The Japanese Meal Assistance Robot has surfaced to be a true friend in assisting in feeding of the elderly people through voice commands. Conceived and developed by Issao Wakabayashi, this groundbreaking invention has come up at the right time to care for the aged people in Japan.
The Meal assistance System Robot fuses the hardware part of the Rascal Robot arm set designed by Robix with Wakabayashi’s self-designed image processing software. This system enables the arm set of the robot to recognize the food items and follow the voice commands while feeding the person. Although, this Robot is a bit slow in its action, but it is efficient enough in serving the purpose.
The stepwise functioning of this unique Meal Assistance System Robot starts with spoon selection and automatic detection of the meals. Then it selects the food item according to the voice command. It can also change the spoon to another hand and detect whether the food is scooped or not. This innovative Meal Assistance System Robot will be of great help to the aged and crippled provided it is affordable by many. You will get a clearer idea of its functioning through the video provided below.