Spot Robot developed
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Science and Technology
- Recently, researchers from Boston Dynamics, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT – USA) have developed a robot, called ‘Spot’.
- They have planned to use it for patients with Covid-19 symptoms.
- The robot is controlled by a handheld device.
- It can walk on four legs, climbs stairs and can traverse rough terrain with ease.
- It is small enough to be used indoors.
- It can measure skin temperature, breathing rate, pulse rate, and blood oxygen saturation in healthy patients, from 2 metres away.
- It has four cameras — one infrared, three monochrome.
Do you know?
- The infrared camera measures skin temperature on the face
- When haemoglobin binds to oxygen and flows through blood vessels, it results in slight changes in colour.
- These changes are measured with the help of the three monochrome cameras, which filter lights of three different wavelengths.
- The robot can be deployed in areas where suspected cases of Covid-19 assemble.
- The robot can also carry a tablet that allows doctors to ask patients about their symptoms without being in the same room.
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