‘Robot Medics’ May Replace Combat Medics By 2020

March 6, 2009

California (ChattahBox) – SRI International, the acclaimed Menlo Park, CA technology company that does a lot of military research and development, has said that they believe in ten years army medics will be replaced with robots.

The idea behind the “Trauma Pod” is more or less a three armed robot that will be able to perform the necessary functions for simple medical intervention on the battlefield.

“The system will focus on damage control surgery, the minimum necessary to stabilize someone,” Pablo Garcia, who is running the project, explained.

“It could provide airway control, relieve immediate life-threatening injuries such as a collapsed lung, or stop bleeding temporarily.”

The robot would still be human controlled, with an army surgeon a short ways away to monitor and direct it’s movements. SRI International hopes it will help to keep our soldiers safe in times of intense battle scenarios.

The “Trauma Pod” have been given $12 million in funding from the military, and it has completed it’s first phase of development.


Comments

3 Responses to “‘Robot Medics’ May Replace Combat Medics By 2020”

  1. Vic on March 9th, 2009 10:19 am

    Olivia,

    First off, Menlo Park. Not San Mateo.

    Secondly, if you want an insider track to what’s going on at SRI International, check with Alice Reznik. She’s the corporate type, nice lady. We did an article on SRI’s minibot program last year and Alice was an outstanding help (she pulled the lab director, some principle scientists and engineers) for San Jose Tech Museum.

    -Vic, manager at San Jose Tech Museum
    http://www.thetech.org/

  2. admin on March 9th, 2009 10:36 am

    Editor’s mistake, not Olivia’s on San Mateo vs. Menlo Park. Really bad mistake considering I once worked at the SRI International campus myself.

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