Technology | 07.20.20
No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing
Washington Post (07/08/20) Denver, Simon; Kashiwagi, Akikio; Kim, Min Joo
In Japan, a country with a long fascination with robots, automated assistants have offered their services as bartenders, delivery persons, and more since the onset of the coronavirus. Japan's Avatarin developed the "newme" robot to allow people to be present while maintaining social distancing during the pandemic. The telepresence robot is essentially a tablet on a wheeled stand with the user's face on the screen, whose location and direction can be controlled via laptop or tablet. Doctors, for instance, have used the newme robot to communicate with patients in a COVID-19 ward. The company is working on prototypes that will allow users to control the robot via virtual reality headsets, and gloves that would permit users to lift, touch, and feel objects through a remote robotic hand.
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