The global pandemic of the new coronavirus also threatens the lives and health of health care workers who receive patients. To avoid direct contact between doctors and patients, Boston Dynamics decided to allow Spot four-legged robots to play a more important intermediary role in medical facilities. In fact, as early as April this year, there were reports of Spot robots equipped with cameras, tablets and other equipment.
Video screenshot (from: MIT)
For doctors, this makes it safer to treat and communicate with patients. Now researchers at MIT and Boston’s Bregan Women’s Hospital have published a paper on spring test results.
At the same time, they are planning to offer patients with confirmed COVID-19 an attempt to work with Spot four-legged robots.
Henwei Hunag, one of the study’s lead authors, said in a press release that he hopes to use automation and robotics to save care from dangerous jobs.
The Spot robot, equipped with four cameras (including infrared plus three monochrome light cameras that filter different wavelengths), is able to examine the patient’s signs.
Infrared cameras, for example, measure skin warming and breathing frequency, while three tricolor cameras measure oxygen saturation (hemoglobin binds to oxygen in blood cells and produces subtle color changes as it flows through blood vessels).
Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs (via)
Henwei Huang says they are not developing new technologies, but are using off-the-go solutions to spot robots in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
But looking ahead, robots are sure to be useful in more areas. For example, deploy a Spot in a ward so that doctors can monitor and examine patients remotely.