In an effort to protect medical professionals, robots will now meet coronavirus sufferers face-to-face. Do androids dream of bedside manner?
The company internet-famous for assaulting their robots have further solidified our future annihilation, as they’ve forced one of their robots into our human pandemic. Boston Dynamic’s Spot Mini (which is a quadruped armed with an iPad) will trot into the rooms of coronavirus sufferers and deliver the bad news, thereby removing the risk of infection to human doctors.
According to Futurism, Hospitals have contacted the company to help them navigate health remote health during COVID-19.
“Based on these conversations, as well as the global shortage of critical personal protective equipment (PPE), we have spent the past several weeks trying to better understand hospital requirements to develop a mobile robotics solution with our robot, Spot,” the company wrote in an update. “The result is a legged robot application that can be deployed to support frontline staff responding to the pandemic in ad-hoc environments such as triage tents and parking lots.”
The goal, of course, is reducing the number of medical professionals exposed to the virus. The whole thing follows the same logic as the coalmine canary of the century before last.
The goal, of course, is reducing the number of medical professionals exposed to the virus. The whole thing follows the same logic as the coalmine canary of the century before last. Except in 2020, it’s a doctor on an iPad on top of a hydraulic pooch.
“With the use of a mobile robot, hospitals are able to reduce the number of necessary medical staff at the scene and conserve their limited PPE supply,” the update reads. Spot has taken residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and will be used as “a mobile telemedicine platform, allowing healthcare providers to remotely triage patients.”
According to Futurism, “Boston Dynamics is now trying to figure out how to add the ability to remotely measure things like body temperature, pulse, and oxygen saturation. With the help of UV-C light, they’re also hoping Spot could be used to kill viruses in a room that’s in need of decontamination.”