Seems like a great idea with lots of applications in hospitals, in EMT vehicles, even at public venues. Has the device gone into production yet and are there any formal use cases of medical institutions actually putting it work? If it really can let a single nurse move a patient without help and without risk of injury, that would be a significant development.
"Automated Patient Transfer Device" is a bit of a mouth-full, don't you think? Let's call it what it is, a conveyor belt. Which means the patients are... conveyor surfing. Hanging ten on the stretcher!
What a cool invention. The thinness of the machine is impressive. I wonder what it feels like as it "burrows" under the patient.
Power is provided...how? Battery within the machine itself? Battery within the stretcher? Plugged into the wall?
I imagine the speed on this conveyor could also be adjusted to move more fragile patients more slowly (i.e. older patients with brittle bones). This could potentially improve patient safety during transfer procedures.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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