As the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, the world of robotics is working to combat the outbreak. There are a host of intriguing robots involved in helping fight the epidemic. In order to avoid the disease getting spread by human contact, robots are now doing everything from delivering medical supplies to packages.
This intriguing usage earned coverage from a host of high-profile sources throughout the world, including Fox News, Dezeen, CNN.com, and TheStar.com. In a bleak and unsettled time, this is a nice reminder of how innovation truly helps humanity!
Boston Dynamics always has some of the coolest innovations in the industry. February 2020 is no exception. First - as covered in the Boston Globe, Futurism, and Interesting Engineering - "Spot," the famed Boston Dynamics robot dog that's earned plenty of coverage since its debut last year, is headed out to patrol oil rigs. Sounds like a "ruff" job.
Sorry for that pun, everyone. To make up for it, how about this fun Boston Dynamics spot with - well, with Spot the robot dog? In it, the robot dog pulls a rickshaw holding former Mythbusters host Adam Savage. Fun, right? This earned coverage in CNET, Business Insider, and elsewhere. It's amazing how much innovation comes out of Boston Dynamics. Given the company's popularity, how long do you think it will be before it's whispered about like Apple or IBM is?
Some kind of intimidating headline there, right? Well, just wait until you read the article in Futurism or PopularMechanics. In something straight out of Ender's Game, a DARPA-backed project is tracking gamers' brainwaves. The hope? These brainwaves can someday help control waves of robot armies. Incredible to think about the sci-fi-turned-reality aspirations of this story.
As covered in CNET, Engadget, and Forbes, there's a new breed of robot that is superior at taking blood samples. There's a lot of intriguing stuff in these articles - especially when it comes to such a standard medical procedure. Would you feel comfortable with a robot taking your blood the next time you had to go into a clinic or a hospital?
How about some quick hits from around the industry?
Of course, that's only just a fraction of all the robotics news out there - but these are intriguing stories. One interesting takeaway we picked up this month? In a tumultuous time around the globe driven by the coronavirus, it's nice to see how robotics can help save lives and prevent the further spread of disease. Another wonderful reminder of the benefits robotics bring us (the blood-drawing robot is another example of this).
One more thing, readers - if you have anything that we should add-in for the next edition, let us know! What caught your attention in the robotics world throughout February? Comment below, and we might feature it in our next issue!