A recent US News and World Report article gives a window into new technology being developed by John’s Hopkins University. While the technology was originally developed as another step in replacing limbs for those who have sustained injuries, the potential applications are endless.
One of the initial proposed uses is as a replacement for combat medics in dangerous situations. Soldiers are often wounded in areas that are too dangerous even for trained medics to help them. The new robotic technology, deemed “Robo Sally” could eventually be the answer to this problem. While the technology is not quite there yet, it made waves at the convention for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International where it recently debuted.
The idea behind Robo Sally is essential the same as an unmanned bomb dismantling drone. It can be controlled remotely and driven into hot combat zones to do basic life saving procedures and get the wounded soldier to safety. The amazing feature of this technology is that by wearing a special glove it the user can control the robots hand movements simply by moving their own hands. This unprecedented precision could eventually be honed to be able to perform basic surgeries. The arms can lift 45 ounds and the hands can grip about 20. Researchers are currently working to make the hands both stronger and more dexterous.
Watch the video for an idea of how the technology, known as Robo Sally, could help combat medics stay out of danger.
The article suggests other applications other than as medical assistance. It could be used by NASA to conduct experiments on the surface of planets that have conditions unsafe for humans. If the arms and hands were able to be made stronger, it could even potentially be used for delicate rescue efforts.
Combat medics probably won’t be replaced any time soon, but Robo Sally could eventually be the key to saving lives in the field.
via Tyde Pavlinik Homepage http://tydepavlinik.com/new-robot-could-keep-medics-out-of-harms-way/