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Robot injections? Makers look to bring automation to health care

Latest devices could let doctors work remotely and help elderly move around

German manufacturer Kuka has been applying its expertise to medical devices like this robotic arm, which can be operated remotely for ultrasound examinations.

TOKYO -- Robots are taking on new roles in society as Japan and other countries face aging populations and rising demand for medical and elderly care.

Industrial robot makers are now looking to apply their high-precision control technologies in health care, with remotely operated medical equipment and robotic walkers that assist people with restricted mobility.

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