‘World’s first mass-produced’ humanoid robot to tackle labor shortage amid aging population

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solo13 July 2023Last Update : 2 months ago
‘World’s first mass-produced’ humanoid robot to tackle labor shortage amid aging population

The company behind the GR-1 plans to release 100 units by the end of 2023, primarily targeting robotic R&D laboratories. The GR-1 will be able to help move patients from bed to wheelchair and lift objects.

The country’s National Health Commission estimates that the number of people aged 60 and older in China will increase from 280 million to more than 400 million by 2035.

To respond to the growing demand for medical services amid labor shortages and a growing population, Fourier Intelligence, a Shanghai-based firm, is developing a humanoid robot that can be deployed in healthcare facilities.

“As we move forward, the perfect GR-1 can be a caregiver, a therapy assistant, a companion at home for the elderly living alone,” said Zane Koh, CEO and co-founder of Fourier Intelligence. It is possible.”

Standing 1.64 meters tall and weighing 55 kilograms, the GR-1 can walk, avoid obstacles and perform simple tasks such as holding bottles.

“The system itself can self-balance and perform various functions. We can program it to sit, stand and jump. You can program the arms to lift utensils and equipment and do whatever the engineers want,” Koh said.

Although still in the research and development phase, Fourier Intelligence expects to have a working prototype ready in two to three years.

Once completed, the GR-1 will be able to move patients from bed to wheelchair and help lift objects.

The company has developed technology for rehabilitation and exoskeletons and says patients are already familiar with using robotics parts, for example, to support arms and legs in physical therapy.

Koh believes that humanoid robots can fill the remaining gap.

“After all they [patients] It will have an autonomous robotics that is interacting with them.

The GR-1 was presented at the World AI Conference in Shanghai alongside Tesla’s humanoid robot prototype Optimus and other AI robots from Chinese companies.

Among them was the X20, a quadrupedal robot developed to replace humans in performing dangerous tasks such as poison gas detection.

“It is our desire that by developing these applications of robots, we can free people from doing monotonous and dangerous jobs. In addition to patrol inspection,” said Qian Xiaoyu, marketing manager at DEEP Robotics.

Xiaoyu said the company plans to develop the X20 in the future for emergency rescue and fire detection, which according to him is “very challenging technically”.

The World AI Conference will run till 15 July.

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