Researchers at Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research have developed RIBA, a bear-inspired robot nurse that “can reportedly lift patients up to 135 lbs out of bed or a wheelchair.” Video after the break. Click here for first picture in gallery.

The cheery-looking machine has long, multi-jointed arms embedded with an array of tactile sensors that help it optimize the lifting and carrying of humans.

[via EngadgetPinktentacle]