These medical robots bring fresh ideas to healthcare. Ready to see one at your local hospital?
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Social robots Jibo is one of a new generation of "social robots" developed by Cynthia Breazeal and the MIT Media Lab. Jibo, a tiny "family robot," seems inspired more by R2-D2 than the Terminator. Jibo sings, dances, and tells stories to help calm patients, especially children, because calmer patients often have better outcomes. It can also remind patients to take their medicine, help them get up and walk around, and even encourage them to exercise. Other social robots will help facilitate learning, especially with learning-delayed or disabled children. Think Teddy Ruxpin on steroids.