The question of how robots can safely operate near humans is not a new one. There is even a term for the sophisticated and sensitive robotic arms that now work side-by-side human co-workers on assembly lines and medical facilities. They are called collaborative robots or cobots as they are aware and sensitive enough to work side-by-side with humans without crushing or killing them.
Outside of the factory and warehouse floors, cobots are beginning to find acceptance in the medical and hospital halls. In addition to their gentleness, medical cobots and mobile robots can’t be infected by biological coronavirus like COVID-19. Robotic systems have been especially important in clinical care, such as in disease prevention, diagnosis and screening, and patient care.
Several companies have designed robots to help alleviate some of the more mundane tasks that nurses must perform. One of those companies is Diligent Robotics, whose bot “Moxi” is equipped with a flexible arm, gripper hand and mobility that enable it to find lightweight medical resources, navigate a clinic’s hallways and drop them off for the nurse.