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WALL-E to the rescue [Mar. 4th, 2010|10:48 am]



"In a war zone, evacuating patients under fire is one of the most dangerous jobs there is. That’s why the Pentagon’s hoping to capitalize on recent innovations in robotics to finally create ‘bots that operate as “combat casualty extraction system[s].”

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[User Picture]From: annamarie326
2010-03-04 03:56 pm (UTC)
um, is it dragging the "patient" by the neck?? 'cuz that's what it looks like lol

I'm sure it could definitely be a useful tool, as you're putting more soldiers at risk in the effort to evacuate on that is fallen, I am just curious how exactly the robots will take care of safely extricating, as well as how long it would take before the soldier could reach medical attention.
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[User Picture]From: courtneydrewb
2010-03-04 10:52 pm (UTC)

"the robotic first responders will be able to “perform remote/stand-off initial casualty assessment to identify injuries sufficient to prevent further injury during robotic casualty extraction,” and “provide closed loop or semi-autonomous casualty monitoring and en route care sufficient to mitigate risk associated with ‘abandonment’ concerns.”

Robot Triage, perhaps?

uh-oh I sense this getting very complicated...

I certainly hope the benefit of less casualties will outweigh the fact these EMS-Bots are running on their own. :O

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[User Picture]From: k7point5
2010-03-04 11:06 pm (UTC)
yeah that was my main concern, too. I'd like to know how the robots are going to be able to tell the extent of the injuries.
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[User Picture]From: courtneydrewb
2010-03-04 11:16 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the use of technology and the idea of robo-EMS is good in theory but, I can predict not so much in practice.In my opinion, there's just somethings machine's can't compete with. Hands on EMS is one of them.
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