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Japan develops robot 'patients' for medical research and training

Sensor-studded humanoids help improve health care

TOKYO -- He is male, in his 60s, 165cm tall with a weight of 50kg. His only job is to help test various kinds of medical-care equipment, such as beds and lifts. He does this by assuming sitting and lying positions, which he does through the adjustment of the 22 movable joints that his creators endowed him with.

He is of course a robot -- one of a number being developed in Japan to be used as "patients" for health care research and training.

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