Technology.am (July 9, 2009) — Japanese electronics firm Panasonic has taken a futuristic step into medicine by creating a robot that dispenses drugs to patients.
The robot does not look humanoid. It looks like a cabinet with lots of small drawers.
Pharmacists put drugs into the robot, which stores medical data for patients. The robot will then sorts out drugs for each patient and place them into respective drawers bearing the names of patients.
The robot will come to Japanese hospitals next March and will market it in the United States and Europe later.
Panasonic spokesman Akira Kadota said, “This robot is the first in our robotics project. It sorts out injection drugs to patients; saving time for pharmacists. The robot will cost several tens of millions of yen.
Japan boasts one of the leading robotics industries in the world, and the government is pushing to develop the industry as a road to growth.
Osaka-based Panasonic hopes annual revenue from the robot and other medical robotics will reach £195m in the financial year to March 2016.