Humanoid Rehabilitation Robots to Meet China’s Labor Shortages

The GR-1 humanoid robot was first launched in 2019 to support the growing older population in China

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

July 17, 2023

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Fourier Intelligence

Chinese robotics firm Fourier Intelligence has announced plans to produce 100 of its GR-1 humanoid robots by the end of this year.

Designed to perform a variety of tasks including carrying patients and picking up objects, the robot is intended to meet demands in health care and rehabilitation sectors as China faces an aging population and ongoing labor shortages.

The first 100 units of GR-1 will not have all the functions intended for the final product but will have only basic capabilities and will be sent to research and development labs for further development.

The robot stands just over 5 feet tall and can carry objects weighing up to 110 pounds. The robot can also autonomously navigate around a space, perform tasks such as picking up and holding objects such as bottles or utensils, and communicate with patients using large language models.

"As we move forward, the entire GR-1 could be a caregiver, could be a therapy assistant, can be a companion at home for the elderly," said Zen Koh, Fourier Intelligence CEO.

GR-1 was presented at the World AI Conference in Shanghai in June, where Tesla’s Optimus robot was also unveiled.

Fourier has a specific focus on rehabilitation technology. It offers a robotic exoskeleton and has a limb rehabilitation robot in the pipeline to support patients suffering a loss of motor functions.

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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