The cleaning sequence
Before and after images of the cleaning task
The ABS plastic end effector (left) is wrapped with a towel to create a bath mitt (right)
The robot Cody placed alongside the test subject's bed
While many movies and TV shows would have us believe that hospital sponge baths are only carried out by nurses at either end of the attractiveness spectrum, the reality is no doubt generally somewhere in between. In fact, I’m sure a lot of patients and even more nurses would prefer such tasks were handled by a robot. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology seem to have reached the same conclusion and have developed a robot that can autonomously perform bed baths to keep bedridden patients clean.
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