Panasonic unveils "'robot arm" prosthetic

Panasonic on Friday made public a robotic arm which can be attached to human shoulders to assist in various tasks as an extra limb. For example, at a construction site, usually two workers are required to install a ceiling panel: one to hold it; the other to tighten the screws.

But with the help of a robotic arm, a worker can install the panel alone. The arm detects where to hold and pick a thing up, monitoring the direction of a person or his voice.

Panasonic hopes to help solve a labor shortage in the construction industry. In the future, the company also wants to tailor robotic arms for use in daily life.

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