watha2020 writes: Spot, the four-legged robot made famous by its YouTube dance video, is being tested as a remote triage system at Boston’s Brigham Women’s Hospital. A Spot robot carrying an iPad allows doctors to interview possibly infected patients at a safe distance. [Spot is also carrying a pouch near the robot’s “tail,” which allows it to deliver small items such as bottled water to infected patients, without the need to send in a nurse. The report adds that an upgraded model will add cameras that can measure a patient’s respiration rate and body temperature, with no need to make physical contact.] An anonymous Slashdot reader also shares news that Boston Dynamics today open-sourced its health care robotics toolkit on GitHub. “The company hopes that existing Boston Dynamics customers and other mobile robot providers can use the toolkit, which includes documentation and CAD files of enclosures and mounts, to help health care workers and essential personnel and ultimately save lives,” reports VentureBeat. “The mobile robot provider outlined four use cases for its toolkit: telemedicine (which it has already deployed), remote vitals inspection, disinfection, and delivery.”
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