Simplicity doesn’t typically come to mind when thinking about Boston Dynamics and how it engineers its robots. But the newest application for its Spot could be the simplest, yet most valuable use yet.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, one of the world’s leading hospital’s, has been using Spot for the past week as a telemedicine robot. Through an iPad and a two-way radio mounted on Spot’s back, medical personnel can remotely videoconference with COVID-19 patients.
Patients suspected to have COVID-19 are asked to line up in tents outside to answer questions and get initial assessments for temperature. According to Boston Dynamics, this process requires up to five medical staff, placing each of them at high risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.