Have an idea for an innovative healthcare robot? Here are a few design principles to help you avoid common pitfalls.
Ken Haven, Acorn Product Development
When people think of robotics, they often think about warehouses or manufacturing lines, where robots automate multiple processes. But robotics has the potential to reshape the way healthcare is delivered in a variety of applications and locales. While we’re a long way from a robot replacing a physician, there are many opportunities to provide automation in the healthcare arena that can reduce costs and free up healthcare workers’ time to focus more on patient care. Possibilities abound in areas including surgical robots, exoskeletons, telepresence robots and robotics for medication management.
No matter the application, there are a few principles to keep in mind when designing for robotics.