According to a report by Nippon Kyodo News on November 20, Japan’s Toyohashi University of Technology (Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture) announced on the 20th that it will jointly develop a five-finger massage robot controlled by AI with health machine manufacturer Riccoh (Tokyo). The AI will learn the intensity and position of the press and reproduce the craftsmanship of the masseur. In addition to serving the people who are worried about the body's soreness, in order to reduce the burden on the masseur and alleviate the shortage of staff, the use of massage shops is also expected.
The five fingers consist of four fingers for grasping and a thumb for pressing. It can be installed at the top of the slider of the bedside track, and the position of the massage can be determined by the camera.
The robot is said to use the AI to adjust the intensity or read the heart rate, expression and sound, and massage with the user's condition after multiple massages.
The test machine was released on the 20th and demonstrated using a mannequin that was lying on the bed. Riccoh's head of research and development said that he would strive to be practical in 2021, and said that "I hope to reproduce the massage experience of manpower or robot, and create a caring massage machine."