A robot is under development, in the US near Stanford. It is named Veebot and will automate the proces of drawing blood and assist the person in charge of the process. The idea is that less mistakes will be made, patients will
have less chance of getting injured and the total variable costs will decrease and the machine
will earn money for hospitals. What the robot would cost is unclear. The company, Veebot LCC, presents its ideas on their website but does not go into detail: http://www.veebot.com/
IEEE Spectrum recent report:
Here is a video report from PandoList about Veebot, from may 2012:
NTDTV Last week the Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition was held in Tokyo. On it Panasonic demonstrated three interesting and (rather) new products:
- A Hair-Washing Robot
- A Bed-Chair ‘Transformer’
- A Telepresence Robot, HOSPI-Rimo
The video provides good info, both regarding the way the products function and regarding their commercial status. Highly recommended! More about the hair-washing robot: A nice image of the way the bed transforms into a chair (it ‘undocks’):
Here is an interesting new robotic surgery assistant: the ARTAS™ System. It was recently cleared by the FDA (read more). ARTAS apparently helps with something called ‘hair follicle harvesting’, according
to Restoration Robotics, the company
that invented and produces the system.
The ARTAS System (Source: Restoration Robotics, Inc.)
The procedure is as follows. The client first sits in the Artas chair, and then his hair is millimetered. Then, a robotic arm equipped with a camera initiates ‘small dermal punches’ and harvests individual follicles. This is under the control of a doctor. The follicles, which are later transplanted by hand, will start producing their own hair over months.
Here is a paper (PDF) in the Dermatology Times that reports the results of trying out a
prototype of the device. Apparently, no sutures or bandages were required
and using ARTAS is quicker and less invasive than other hair
transplantation techniques, like strip harvesting where a strip of skin with hair is transplanted to a balding area. The company expects to reach extraction rates to 750 to 1,000 follicular units per hour. In addition, it may require fewer staff (although robot support engineers should probably be on standby).
Themabijeenkomst ZorgRobotica (KennisAlliantie) from FunnelVision on Vimeo.
Recently, on October 25, Jeroen spoke at a workshop about healthcare robotics. It was organised bij Kennisalliantie and Syntens, who wish to set things in motion, especially in the Dutch ‘Medical Delta’ (roughly Rotterdam-Delft-Leiden). Prof. Luc de Witte opened the day, followed by Boudewijn Wisse, and finally Jeroen Arendsen. In the afternoon the discussion was continued in groups. The video gives a good impression of the day. For Robots that Care the initial contact
with Zorgbelang, represented by mrs. Aat Hoffius, may well lead to further developments.
The website Zorgrobotica
The report of