Kanagawa Updates (May '21)



Robots Developed with Support of Sagami Robotics Special Zone Now on the Market!

   With an aim to build a safe and secure community, Kanagawa Prefectural Government (K.P.G.) works on programs of Sagami Robotics Special Zone for practical application and promotion of life assistant robots.  The robots developed with support by K.P.G. are put into practical use and helping people’s living.  Here are some products newly put on the market.

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Robot with sterilization lamp (Seller: Smart Robotics Co., Ltd.)

   This robot irradiates surrounding area and floor with ultraviolet rays (UV-C) to sterilize surfaces and air without contact.  When remote-controlling, you can see the real-time image to operate it safely.  If the communication state via a base station is poor, you can directly access the robot for operation.  The built-in battery was replaced with a removable one, which eliminated the waiting time for charging.  Long-time use is now possible with multiple batteries.  Start of sales: Thurs., April 1, 2021

   K.P.G. supported demonstration tests at a school building and commercial facility.


Power Assist AIREHA CIP-50 (Seller: LAP Co., Ltd.)

robot 2   A new version of driving controller (PAL-100) for Power Assist Hand “Rehands” and Power Assist Leg “Relegs”, which help rehabilitation of joint movement of wrist and ankle.  In addition to the existing functions, it has convenient functions to adjust pressure and speed at will of the user.  Start of sales: Mon., April 12.

   K.P.G. supported demonstration tests at a long-term care health facility.


AI robot for infection prevention “AYUDA-MiraMe” (Seller: Computer Institute of Japan, Ltd.)

robot 3   AYUDA-MiraMe works as a receptionist, measures body temperature and checks if the visitor is wearing a mask.  If the visitor has a fever or is not wearing a mask, the robot notifies it in voice and on display.  Since the robot can detect temperature from various angles besides the front face, it can find a person with a fever even if the subject is moving around in the room.  Its function to detect and notify a fever by e-mail may be effectively used for health management at facilities such as a kindergarten and nursery school.  Start of sales: Mon., May 10 (scheduled)

   K.P.G. supported demonstration tests at a kindergarten and nursery school to measure body temperature of children in a non-contact way.



Guidebook of Public Assistance Available for Intractable Disease Patients

   Kanagawa Prefectural Government (K.P.G.), together with Prefectural Assembly, formulated “Kanagawa Charter for a Society Living Together in Harmony”.  The efforts to realize the spirit of the charter is going on. 


guidebook   K.P.G. compiled a handbook from a viewpoint of intractable disease patients so that they can grasp the entire structure of public support system, and access appropriate sections of the local government smoothly.  We asked Hajime Takano, an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patient who had cooperated in various prefectural policies as an adviser for creation of an inclusive society, to supervise editing of the guidebook. 


   The idea of making this guidebook was conceived through the comment by Takano.  He wished he had known the welfare service system for people with disabilities at an earlier stage, when he became disabled caused by the intractable disease.  Taking ALS case as an example, the guidebook introduces Takano’s experiences and available public support systems. 


   If you develop ALS, all functions of your body decline in a short period, in most cases.  You cannot maintain your living without utilizing multiple support systems comprehensively, including medical care, nursing care and welfare support systems for people with disabilities.  Though this guidebook features the case of ALS, it covers such a wide range of public support systems that it will be of help for patients with other intractable diseases as well. 


   The contents include:
-What intractable diseases are
-Flow of procedures to use the services after diagnosed as having an intractable disease
-Case example of Takano (What ALS is all about)
-Available support systems (Grant of specific medical expenses (for designated intractable disease), certificate of people with disabilities, nursing care insurance, welfare service for people with disabilities, disability pension)
-Contact information in Kanagawa


   The guidebook is available at the public health and welfare centers and prefectural administration centers of each region in the prefecture. 

   Also available at the following website.