Saturday, 25 October 2014

Remote Healthcare Workers for Outbreaks

My vision is of humanoid robots in hospitals being controlled remotely by healthcare workers through a VR system like the Oculus Rift. Camera and monitor system to have face-to-face interaction. There was a video floating around of someone using a VR helmet and a curved pad that let the user walk or jog in place to control the on screen character's navigation. The robot's hands could be controlled with a pair of force-feedback gloves that resist the user's finger's movements with appropriate force when the robot hand is grasping something.

If information or extra workers were required to move quickly from one part of the hospital to another, they could switch which robot they were using. This would also further prevent the spread of infections from ward to ward because physical bodies could be contained to a floor, at least until samples were required to be moved.