Panasonic develops Robot Hairwash for Elderly Care

Panasonic Hair Washing Robot

Panasonic’s R&D has come up with a great new tool to help in elderly care.  Essentially, the apparatus is designed to help wash infirm or elderly patients in hospitals, eliminating a laborious work for the nurses.

As reported in the press release, the robot arms scan the user’s head in three dimensions, remembering the dimensions to “apply just the right amount of pressure to each person when shampooing and massaging”.  Each of the arms has three motors that independently control swing, press and massage motions. The robot even remembers each person’s head shape and preferred massage course.”  The hands have 16 fingers.

THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic to Showcase Electric Care Assistance Bed with Integrated Wheelchair and Hair-Washing Robot at International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition 2010.  Read more here.

Parking Red Light Innovation at Parking Lot in Aix-en-Provence

Little inventions that make the world go round…

Ever driven around and around in a parking lot looking for a free place? Some parking lots mark on a digital board outside that there are X number of free spaces on certain levels and sometimes, judging by hard it is to find a free spot, you would have thought there was a zero too many. Aside from the waste in petrol and time, as you swing down yet another crammed aisle, you have the growing frustration and the intake of additional toxic air in underground locations. Well, I found an answer to that pain below. This is a small little innovation that just tickled my fancy and I felt merited a post.

Aix-en-Provence parking lot
This underground parking lot in Aix-en-Provence [pictured above] installed a small lighting system, whereby when the spaces are taken, there is a red light above each spot in the alley and, if there’s a free place, a green light indicates its location. Ironically, there was no dearth of free spaces in this parking lot… but love the idea.

Since coming across this system in Aix, I have found out, of course, that Aix was not the first city to have such a system…. There are many other parking lots that have been similarly equipped many years ago: Barcelona via Pogue’s Post, LAX and in Baltimore’s BWI Airport among others.

Have noticed it yourself and thought, wow, that’s a great idea! What about commenting on any other small little innovations that help improve our daily existence?