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Yaskawa, Midea launching nursing-care robot business in China

Partners seek to capture burgeoning market for elder care products and services

Yaskawa Electric and Midea jointly developed a pedaling machine to help the elderly exercise.

TOKYO -- With an eye on China's rapidly aging population, a Japanese industrial robotics maker and a Chinese home appliance company are joining to develop specialized equipment for elderly people and physical therapy patients.

Japan's Yaskawa Electric and China's Midea Group will begin by selling a stationary bicycle-like pedaling machine through a local joint venture at the end of this month. The device will let users exercise their legs and arms to rebuild physical functions. It will have variable resistance settings to match the strength of the users.

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