NASA's Robonaut 2 Could Administer Telemedicine In Space
NASA's Robonaut 2 is a classic example of Science meeting Science Fiction. Looking like the 3rd member of Daft Punk, Robonaut 2 is currently undergoing some serious medical training in a program that could eventually see robots administering medicine in space. NASA have teamed up with medical experts to help provide the humanoid robot with all the skills necessary to administer emergency medicine to astronauts on the International Space Station.
The $2.5million robot is controlled remotely by human medical experts and can carry out a range of emergency tasks including the ultrasound-guided venous taps demonstrated in this latest video. A humanoid robot like Robonaut would be able to carry out tasks both inside and outside the ISS and could release some of the burden placed on astronauts by carrying out mundane tasks as well as being on hand to administer medical aid. Indeed, a version of Robonaut 2 is already on the space station having been shipped into space back in 2011, but it is hoped that training programs such as this will see its role greatly expanded.