CES 2012: Robots helping to improve lives

Some robots are purely for fun, while others are seriously improving the lives of those who use them. The latter is particularly true for robots coming out of the Quality of Life Technology Center in Pittsburgh. A collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, the center works on projects to help the elderly or people with disabilities. An example of one of those projects is PERMA, the Personal Mobility and Manipulation Appliance, which gives people in wheelchairs an extra set of arms…really long arms!