Disaster response and healthcare are two service areas that are never going away. What role robots and AI can play in these vital sectors is a growing area of interest.
This week the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) showed the WALK-MAN humanoid robot in a firefighting a scenario, highlighting how robots can reduce risks for human responders. The WALK-MAN project follows on from the 2014 DARPA Challenge and continues the development of a humanoid robot that can operate in buildings that were damaged following natural and man-made disasters. The project is delivered by a consortium of five leading European technology universities.
Meanwhile, new research at the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) at Boston Children’s Hospital is showing how voice-assistant technologies can be a useful tool for physicians in different scenarios. The IDHA began by hosting a Voice in Healthcare hackathon in 2016 discovering that voice-assistant technology could augment many healthcare functions reducing the risk of error and easing some of the burden of the task for the clinician. This has now expanded to a myriad of applications from hands free support in the operating theatre to streamlining the organ transplant process. “Alexa, could you read me the patient’s test results?”
Image: IIT – Walkham robot
This story is taken from the 09 March 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.