PowerBot Robot Nurse From Saskatoon

PowerBot, a robot nurse under development at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. The robot is about the size of a small coffee table, weighs about 100 pounds and learns as it goes.


(Robot nurse under development at Saskatchewan)

A flexible arm on top of the robot manipulates objects; the robot could assist physicians and nursing staff by handing out pills or other supplies. The $215,000 project is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the government of Saskatchewan.

Science fiction writers have been thinking about robot nurses for a long time. Like the psychophonic nurse from a 1928 short story by David Keller:

"I had her made by the Eastinghouse Electric Company. You see, she's just a machine nurse, but as she doesn't eat anything, is on duty twenty-four hours a day, and draws no salary, she's cheap at the price I paid."

"...let me show you how she works. She's made of a combination of springs, levers, acoustic instruments, and by means of tubes such as are used in the radio, she's very sensitive to sounds.
(Read more about the 1928 psychophonic nurse)

Look further into the future of health care: Via Robot nurse under development at Sask. university.

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