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— Health and Wellbeing

Panasonic's robotic bed/wheelchair first to earn global safety certification

There's a lot of talk about Japan's rapidly aging society, and how it is expected to literally place a heavy burden on the island nation's caregivers. Among the many projected problems is a smaller pool of health care workers amidst a growing tide of elderly who require around-the-clock care. With that kind of workload, nurses are more likely to injure themselves or their patients when lifting them into and out of bed. Various solutions are in the works, such as a giant lifting robot that looks like a teddy bear, but few are as practical as Panasonic's Resyone robotic bed. It recently became the first to be certified ISO13482 compliant, the new global safety standard for service robots. Read More
— Good Thinking

Panasonic's Power Supply Container: A solar power plant in a box

In an effort to bring reliable electricity supplies to emerging regions and remote island communities, Panasonic has developed an expandable, portable, self-contained photovoltaic system. The "Power Supply Container" comes equipped with 12 of Panasonic's HIT240 solar modules on the roof and generates approximately 3 kW of electricity, with 24 lead-acid batteries capable of storing 17.2 kWh of energy used to store excess electricity. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Panasonic drops new Toughpad tablets

Panasonic broke out a couple of new business-rugged tablets in Las Vegas this week. Looking at the Goliath end of the equation first, the company has announced a performance version of the 20-inch high resolution Toughpad monster we caught a glimpse of at last year's CES. At the other, David, end comes a highly configurable 7-inch, hard-as-nails mobile workstation which goes by the name of the FZ-M1. Read More
— Robotics

HOSPI-R drug delivery robot frees nurses to do more important work

Panasonic's ongoing effort to automate Japanese hospitals continued this month with the launch of the HOSPI-R, an autonomous delivery robot that is now on sale. In its press release, Panasonic contends that robots like this one are needed to maintain and improve the quality of nursing services due to Japan's rapidly aging society. The latest in the company's line of HOSPI robots is designed to transport samples and drugs so that lab technicians and nurses won't have to. Read More
— Around The Home

"Ene-Farm" home fuel cell moves into a condo

Panasonic and Tokyo Gas have continued joint development of their "Ene-Farm" home fuel cell unit, which became the world's first commercialized fuel cell system targeted at household heating and electricity generation when it went on sale in Japan in May 2009. The latest model is aimed at use in condominiums and features a number of modifications to ensure the units meet the more stringent installation standards placed on those buildings. Read More