Doctors and nurses may soon have some robotic company when making their rounds. Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology are developing an omnidirectional robot named Terapio, that’s designed to take the place of a traditional medical cart. When accompanying staff down corridors and into rooms, Terapio can operate in Tracking mode. This means that it visually tracks the person who it’s assigned to assist, and autonomously follows behind them while also avoiding obstacles. In order to more precisely position the robot for specific asks, that person can move it manually via its Power Assist mode. In Rounds mode, Terapio is reportedly able to obtain patients’ vital signs data using its manipulator arm. It can also store that data and subsequently display it, on its LCD touchscreen. Consider factory applications for such a robot.
> Read more by Ben Coxworth, gizmag – May 29, 2015