Panasonic develops bed that turns into wheelchair
Japan's Panasonic Corp. has developed a "Robotic Bed" that can transform into a wheelchair to make life easier for elderly and disabled people, it announced Friday.
The invention is designed to help people with limited mobility maintain an independent lifestyle, the firm said in a statement.
Panasonic will exhibit the Robotic Bed at a home care and rehabilitation exhibition in Tokyo from September 29 to October 1, it said.
"It is still a concept model and we will not be selling it soon," said Panasonic spokeswoman Yuka Arii. "We plan to bring it to markets in or after 2015. But we don't know the price yet."
Japan has one of the world's oldest populations and faces a constant shortage of care workers.
(c) 2009 AFP