Healthcare // Clinical Information Systems
News
9/12/2013
02:33 PM
Onat Ekinci
Onat Ekinci
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Healthcare Robotics: Patently Incredible Inventions

Medical robots will change the operating room much like PCs reshaped the office. Get an advance look from these cutting-edge robotic technology patents and patent applications.
Previous
7 of 8
Next


The world's population is aging, and very fast. By 2030, people over age 60 will comprise 25% of the U.S. population (Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Aging Report, 2005). The number of elderly people that depend on the working-age population will also increase substantially. For social and human reasons, the development of new technologies to ease the task of caring for elderly people acquires a strategic importance.

iRobot (famous for vacuum-cleaning robots) offers a solution in the guise of a companion robot (US Patent No: US 7957837 B2). The robot has a small body, with a display "face" for interacting with humans. It can recognize and interact with people, as well as help them with medication dispensing and walking.

On the figure, the head (16) of the robot carries the following elements:

Face: An interactive liquid crystal display which can show emotions.

Eyes: Cameras (28) (charge-coupled device) to provide stereoscopic vision.

Ears: Microphone (32) to collect audio data or receive commands.

RECOMMENDED READING:

10 Medical Robots That Could Change Healthcare

Remote Patient Monitoring: 9 Promising Technologies

Roomba Maker Sets Sights On Telemedicine

How Patient Generated Data Changes Healthcare

Fitbit Gadget Could Improve Hospital Care

Smartwatches Could Outshine Wearable Fitness Gadgets

Microsoft Kinect Technology Helps Surgeons Manipulate Images

NASA Curiosity Rover's Year On Mars: 5 Breakthroughs

DARPA Robot Challenge: Disaster Recovery

Robotics Rumble: Teens Fight For Tech Glory

Previous
7 of 8
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
shareiT
50%
50%
shareiT,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/30/2013 | 4:26:00 AM
Inventions
Do you appreciate innovations that can save you cash, time and even your life? If so, here
are a few forthcoming instances of future technology that will please your inner futurist.
For more information, click here.
Sasha0627
50%
50%
Sasha0627,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/20/2013 | 5:14:06 AM
re: Healthcare Robotics: Patently Incredible Inventions
Wow great technology. Happy to be in this generation.
Laurianne
50%
50%
Laurianne,
User Rank: Author
9/13/2013 | 7:18:16 PM
re: Healthcare Robotics: Patently Incredible Inventions
A head-mounted robot operating on me? That is a technology leap of faith.
David F. Carr
50%
50%
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
9/13/2013 | 2:02:04 PM
re: Healthcare Robotics: Patently Incredible Inventions
Which of these do you think has the most potential?
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014
InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
A roundup of the top stories and trends on InformationWeek.com
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.