Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Robocourier - Delivery Robot For Hospitals
|Next time you visit a hospital, don't be surprised if a small robot passes you in the hallway on its way to pick up or deliver patient samples. Mopec, a leading provider of morgue, pathology and histology products, has created RoboCourier, a self-navigating utility robot designed to remove the grunt work of distributing and collecting patient samples through a hospital. This removes the burden of the tedious and menial task of pushing a medical cart around, which is currently performed by trained medical personnel, a scarce and valuable resource.|
|Photo courtesy of CCS Robotics|
The robot can:
- Automatically adapt to its environment without the the need for guide wires, navigation lines, reflectors or any of the other usually required and cumbersome navigation aids.
- Traverse hallways and overcome blocked destinations by choosing alternate routes
- Collect and deliver patient samples all by itself without the need for human intervention
- Spatial localization within mapped buildings that is accurate to within +/- 2 centimeters and +/- 10 degrees.
- The ability to dynamically change destinations dynamically wirelessly using the provided control software.
- Monitor its own power levels and recharge itself when needed
- Most interestingly, it can update its own internal maps, updating in real time such important spatial information like new destinations, new areas it should not enter, and more.
The Robocourier is being built by CCS Robotics, one of the premier developers of mobile autonomous robotic hardware for the health care, security, and other important industries. Here are some videos of the PatrolBot™ in action:
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