On June 18th 2009, KAIST’s Human-friendly Welfare Robot System Research Center donated Human-friendly Welfare Robots to the National Rehab clinic. These include robotic wheelchairs and beds, as well as other assistive technology for the old and infirm. The very friendly-looking little robot below appears to be a new model of the Steward robot “Joy”, which was developed as part of an automated bedroom that featured voice activated appliances.
The director at National Rehab made a statement in support of robots at the donation ceremony. “The Welfare Robot donation continues our research and development of rehab assistive technology, which will lead to the improvement in the level of the rehabilitation of patients, and is expected to contribute to the rehabilitation industry,” he said.