Robot maker Boston Dynamics lends service to its robot dog Spot during the coronavirus pandemic.
The four-legged machine helps healthcare workers at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard University remotely treat patients with coronavirus to reduce the risk of contracting the virus itself.
A custom mounting and attachment for a notepad has been added to the design, enabling physicians and other health care professionals to do video conferencing with patients in tents testing outside the hospital.
The process usually requires a maximum of five employees, but with Spot, the Massachusetts hospital is able to reduce its personnel exposure to the coronavirus and maintain personal protective equipment (PPE).
This project has opened up a new world of telemedicine for Boston Dynamics in order to explore ways to use Spot robots in collecting the vital resources needed to combat the pandemic.
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Spot helps healthcare workers at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard University treat remote coronavirus patients to reduce the risk of contracting the virus itself
Brigham and Womenâ & # x20AC; & # x2122; s Harvard University Hospital, located in Boston, Spot used last week as a & # 39; mobile telemedicine platform & # 39; to help treat people with the disease.
& # 39; Starting in March, Boston Dynamics began receiving inquiries from hospitals to ask if our robots could help minimize their personnel exposure to COVID-19, & # 39; shared Boston Dynamics in a blog post.
& # 39; One of & # 39; e hospitals with whom we spoke shared that within a week, one-sixth of their staff had commissioned COVID-19 and that they were investigating using robots to take more of their staff beyond the reach of the new virus. & # 39;
Telemedicine has seen a spike in a question about whether this method can reduce the spread of the coronavirus between health care workers and those infected with the disease.
The process allows facilities to keep staff safe and gives them the ability to continue with their work, as well as maintain necessary medical supplies such as face masks and shield pads.
This project has opened up a new world of telemedicine for Boston Dynamics, in order to explore ways to use Spot robots in collecting the vital resources needed to combat the pandemic
And that's the reason why Boston Dynamics lends Hospital Spot.
The robot dog is equipped with an iPad and two-way radio, which allows him to transmit live feed from & # 39; the doctor to patients in real time.
& # 39; With current protocols at local hospitals, patients who have suspected COVID-19 are asked to line up in tents outside to answer questions and receive initial temperature assessments. This process requires up to five medical personnel, and places those individuals at high risk of contracting the virus, & # 39; explains Boston Dynamics.
& # 39; Using a mobile robot, hospitals can reduce the number of needed medical personnel at the scene and maintain their limited PPE supply. & # 39;
To better assist other healthcare workers and those companies in their position to provide robotic as well as telemedicine support, Boston Dynamics has released all files that do not create their current Spot setup feature.
& # 39; With the commitment of our first health-focused robot, we open all our efforts to empower every mobile robotics platform to leverage the same hardware and software stack that we have developed to help frontline health workers, & # 39; the company says.
A custom mounting and attachment for a notepad has been added to the design, enabling physicians and other healthcare professionals to conduct video conferencing with patients while testing out-of-hospital tents.
Spot has also been used in oil and gas environments, to be able to reach places people can't
& # 39; None of & # 39; e services … depend on Boston Dynamics hardware or software. In many cases, we imagine that tracked or tracked robots can be a better solution for these applications. & # 39;
This project has opened up a new world of telemedicine for Boston Dynamics, in order to explore ways in which its Spot robots can help with the collection of vital funds needed to combat the pandemic.
This includes customizing the robots with temperature control technology, pulse frequency, respiratory frequency calculations and more.
& # 39; We also applied externally developed logic to externally mounted RGB cameras & # 39; to record change of sin-blood fat contraction to measure pulse rate, & # 39; says the company.
& # 39; We evaluate methods for measuring oxygen saturation.
The robot maker is also looking for ways to kill virus particles and disinfect surfaces by adding a UV-C light to the back of Spot.
& # 39; We are still in & # 39; early stages of developing this solution, but also see some existing mobile robotics providers that have implemented this technology specifically for hospitals. & # 39;
WHAT IS SPOT MINI ROBO DOG OF BOSTON DYNAMICS?
Boston Dynamics first showed SpotMini, the most advanced robot dog ever made, in a video posted in November 2017.
The firm, best known for Atlas, its 5 foot 9 (1.7 meter) humanoid robot, has a new & # 39; light & # 39; version of his robot Spot Mini revealed.
The robotic rooster was shown running around a garden, with the promise that more information from the notorious secretive firm & # 39; coming soon & # 39 ;.
"SpotMini is a small four-legged robot that fits comfortably in an office or home," the company says on its website.
It weighs 25 kg (55 lb), or 30 kg (66 lb) when you pick up the robot arm.
SpotMini is all-electric and can take up to 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it does, the company says, and talk to & # 39; SpotMini is the most stylish robot we've built. & # 39;
SpotMini was first unveiled in 2016, and a previous version of & # 39; the mini version of spot with a strange extended neck has been shown to help around the house.
In & # 39; the previous video of & # 39; a company is shown the robot running from & # 39; the HQ of & # 39; a firm and to what a home looks like.
There it helps load a dishwasher and takes a look at the trash can.
It also hits a thick banana skin at one point and falls dramatically – but uses its expandable neck to push itself upwards.
& # 39; SpotMini is one of & # 39; the most stylish robots we've ever built, the company says, because of its electric motors.
& # 39; It has a variety of sensors, including depth camera & # 39; s, a solid-state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in & # 39; e limbs.
& # 39; These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation.
& # 39; SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a high-level guidance person. & # 39;
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