Japan, a Place for Relaxation and Soothing Comfort
Mechanical Engineering Adds Zest to Life
Innovative technologies and design concepts are enabling the creation of new devices and mobility aids that bring greater convenience to everyday life and make it more fulfilling. Meanwhile, in medical institutions, the home and elsewhere, communication robots offer companionship, “conversation,” and a helping hand. Technical advances are adding warmth to the relationship between people and machines, and opening up new frontiers for the future.
Design and functionality bring smiles to users of personal mobility devices
Going out in a wheelchair is a daunting experience with limited places you can go, but WHILL can solve that. The futuristic design accented in black and white has users of this electric wheelchair effusive: “Now I’ve got more opportunities to go out!” and “When I’m in a WHILL, I’m riding in style.”
WHILL’s performance is another big attraction. Tilt the control levers to roll in the direction you want. Maneuverability and design translate into stress-free comfort on the go. There are 24 small tires on each front wheel to permit omnidirectional turning with rotation centered over the rear axle, and a powerful four-wheel drive mechanism. All this means mobility in every direction, and expanded potential to handle abrupt changes in level or rough terrain like a gravel road.
With this new way to get mobile, “Where am I able to go?” becomes “Let’s just go!” WHILL, delivering personal mobility and a happy ride. (From WHILL, Inc.)
The world’s first hotel staffed by robots to welcome you
In a world first, robots now welcome guests to a hotel in Japan. At Henn na Hotel (“Hotel Bizarre”), arriving guests are greeted not by humans but by robots. One of them is a humanoid at the front desk—it looks like a woman wearing the hotel uniform, and it blinks and makes eye contact while making room arrangements. Another serves as a porter, carrying luggage, and yet another works in the cloakroom. The hotel is eco-friendly too, using advanced technologies to reduce power consumption and waste. Management looks forward to further advances in technology to bring robotic automation to more than 90% of the hotel’s services. Perhaps hotels staffed by robots will one day offer new levels of convenience and enjoyment, revolutionizing accommodations worldwide! This hotel is in the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture.