Japanese Robotics Company Cyberdyne has collaborated with Tokyo Haneda Airport to launch next generation robots and exoskeleton to the airport.
Cyberdyne is planning to introduce artificial intelligence powered robot for cleaning and lifting heavy luggage at the terminals for Haneda airport. These robots will have knowledge of their position and will automatically move from one place to another, if their destination information is input in advance. If these robots work well, then they will be transported to other airports also.
Isao Takashiro, President of Japan Airport Terminal Co. said in an interview with Bloomberg,” I want to expand it to all other airports in Japan, and also to airports worldwide”
More and more Japanese companies are making robots for industrial use as the demand of robots are increasing as many organization want robots for physical works like nursing and transporting luggage. Government is also trying to promote this trend to get rid of human resources shortage of the country. 26 percent of Japanese population is over 65 years of age, which is higher than any other top industrialized country. Due this only Japan is one of the leaders in robots development in the world.
A power suit type robot will be introduced to the human workers at the airport, which will help them in lifting heavy luggage. Wearable robots are getting popular day by day in the industrial sector, as it reduce the physical effort put to some tasks like transporting luggage and nursing sector. Under the lease contract signed between Cyberdyne and airport operator, 11 robots will be installed at the airport terminals by this September.
Yoshiyuki Sankai, Cyberdyne Chief Executive Officer said,” We’re providing technologies that will change the airport staff’s ways of working.” Yoshiyuki Sankai is a professor at the University of Tsukuba and is best known for his HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) powered exoskeleton. HAL is device, which is worn above the limbs and helps the user to enhance their strength and speed. This HAL technology is very useful for the patient also.
A specific model named HAL for Labor Support will be introduced at the airport. This device weighs around 6.6 pounds and can work up to 3 hours on one charge. This exoskeleton has number of sensors, which pick up the bio-centric signals from muscles of the user and support the weight that wearer is lifting. If the wearer weighs 110 pounds and then he can lift 45 pounds with ease.