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The Boston Dynamics robot dog to help people affected by the coronavirus

The Boston Dynamics robot dog to help people affected by the coronavirus

Robots also take to the field to speed up the eradication of the Sars-CoV-2 virus. As announced by Boston Dynamics, an engineering and robotics company previously controlled by Google and better known for the development of BigDog, a quadruped robot designed for the US military with the funding of DARPA, and for DI-Guy, a very realistic software for human simulation, its robots are currently used by Brigham and Women's Hospital health workers for remote triage.

Basically these four-legged robots on which an iPad for the management of videoconferencing surmounts, allow the hospital to evaluate on a case-by-case basis without getting in touch. It is a solution that not only speeds up and increases the number of people undergoing a test, but also reduces the risk of contagion by healthcare personnel and at the same time reduces the need for medical devices such as masks and gloves which, in this delicate moment pandemic, are still too difficult to find.

And robotic telemedicine that comes into play just when you need it most: Spot equipped with a thermal imaging camera that allows you to measure body temperature while another series of sensors, combined with the right software that still being perfected, allow you to detect respiratory rate, heart rate and the amount of oxygen in the blood.

The Boston Dynamics robot dog to help people affected by the coronavirus

Specifically, different ways would be being tested to measure the variations that take place in the blood vessels through the use of RGB cameras. One of the future tests involves the use of a UV-C light or another technology positioned in the rear of the robot (called Spot) which should be able to disinfect surfaces, such as hospital tents quickly set up in these weeks of epidemic crisis or the subway stations that will be the busiest as soon as the lockdown measures currently planned will ease.

All this technology, however, will not remain in the hands of Boston Dynamics alone: ​​the company is in fact already in talks with the Canadian Clearpath Robotics and is also said to be open to other collaborations to offer it as quickly as possible to other health professionals on the front line.