Japan uses robots, tech to care for elderly

From USB-connected seat cushions that detect how someone’s weight is distributed to robots that can control appliances by voice commands, technology aimed at the elderly and handicapped can take on many forms. See for yourself in this video report on a convention showcasing such products that was recently held in Osaka, Japan.

Eldercare is a big concern in Japan, where the population is among the world’s oldest on average. The country has recently become more proactive in addressing issues involving individuals with special needs, and domestic firms are responding with technological solutions to help care for the elderly.

This video features a seat cushion that aims to correct bad posture, automated massagers, and robot companions for the elderly.

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