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This Robot Catches Grandma Before She Falls

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The robotic Mr. Bah.

The mobile robot balance assistant Mr. Bah still needs regulatory approval in major markets like the U.S., and faces significant funding challenges for getting to market.

Credit: Nanyang Technological University/Singapore

A mobile robot balance assistant developed by scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) can anticipate and catch seniors before they fall.

The robot, called Mr. Bah, is equipped with guardrails that come up to hip level, as well as sensors to assess when a person may begin to lose their balance.

Wei Teh Ang of the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore said the robot was designed "to help people walk around at home without the fear of falling down."

Ang and colleagues at NTU and Singapore's Tan Tock Seng Hospital tested Mr. Bah on patients who had suffered strokes, brain trauma, or spinal cord injuries; during the tests, the researchers said, no falls were recorded.

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