I know this is a little late, but nonetheless very interesting: a robotic birth simulator. Noelle, the simulators name, is a full-sized life-like robot used in birthing training. Gaumard
, the company that makes the simulator, sells the whole package
for $20,000 USD.
She can be programmed for a variety of complications and for cervix dilation. She can labor for hours and produce a breach baby or unexpectedly give birth in a matter of minutes.
She ultimately delivers a plastic doll that can change colors, from a healthy pink glow to the deadly blue of oxygen deficiency. The baby mannequin is wired to flash vital signs when hooked up to monitors.
What will they think of next?