„Medical robots do not only exist in sci-fi movies and the distant future, they are coming to healthcare and all stakeholders must prepare for them. Robots can support, assist and extend the service health workers are offering. In jobs with repetitive and monotonous functions they might even obtain the capacity to completely replace humans.”
- The Xenex robot works by pulsing xenon, an inert gas, at high intensity in xenon ultraviolet flashlamp. The robot’s light destroys viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores in just 4-10 minutes per room (for example: patients rooms, operating rooms, public areas). By using this robot infections and viruses caused death is reduced significantly.
- The Pepper robots is taking up reception duties at two Belgian hospitals. Pepper (standing 140 centimeters and equipped with wheels under his white frame) can recognise the human voice in 20 languages and detect if he is talking to a man, women or child. The robot has a screen (10.1-inch touch display) on his chest and a round head.
- Spread of robotic surgery due to several technological improvements, such as a three-dimensional (3D) view of the operating field, a seven-degrees-of-freedom motion with wristed instruments, the absence of fulcrum effect and surgeon tremor and greater ergonomics.
- Expansion of InTouch Health or Telemedicine which enables physicians to cross physical barriers, instantly eliminate distance, and facilitate vital communication between medical staff and patients. Through secure, high-speed Internet, and the use of state-of-the-art technologies, a medical specialist can be located virtually anywhere on the planet, and can diagnose a patient in an emergency or critical care situation.
- TUG robot who is able to carry around medical tools up to 453 kilograms. The TUG uses smart autonomous navigation. The robot is sent or requested using a touch screen interface.
- Robear, a Robot for Interactive Body Assistance is built in japan to lift patients and gently transfer them between beds and wheelchairs. Robear has mechanical arms that are able to carry up to 80kg of weight and also has roller legs that can extend and retract from a base as necessary when bending to lift a patient or when manoeuvring through tight spaces like doorways.
- The microbots, which are less than one millimeter in size which travel throughout the human bloodstream to deliver drugs to specific targets or seek out and destroy tumors, blood clots, and infections that can’t be easily accessed in other ways.
- Veebot’s robot technician draws blood from patient quickly and higher accuracy. The robotic medical technician then uses ultrasound and infrared light to search for veins before aligning and inserting a needle.
- PARO robot is an advanced interactive therapeutic robot designed to stimulate patients with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other cognition disorders. The PARO therapeutic robot looks, feels and sounds like a baby seal and responds to petting by moving its tail and opening and closing its eyes. Paro also responds to sounds and can learn names, including its own. It can simulate emotions such as surprise, happiness and anger. Just like animals used in pet therapy, Paro can help relieve depression and anxiety—but it never needs to be fed and doesn’t die.
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