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Nightmare-Causing Bloodbot Automates Bloodletting

Bloodbot Automates Bloodletting Causes Nightmares

Medical robots are nothing new to us here at the Switched offices. We've covered them before. But those robots haven't terrified us nearly as much as this, the Bloodbot.

The bot's form is a simple mechanical arm, equipped with a probe and needle. The probe feels around your arm for flesh that is relatively firm, betraying the presence of a vein. The Bloodbot then sticks you with the needle, waits for the subtle pop indicating a punctured vein, and then ceases its advance before it ruptures your vein (or, worse, your artery on the other side).

In early testing, the Bloodbot has been accurate about 78-percent of the time. That means, of course, that 22-percent of the time it's either needlessly stabbing you, or causing dangerous, uncontrollable bleeding.

Neat as it is, we'll stick with human-controlled syringes, thank you very much. [From: OhGizmo!]

Tags: health, medical, robot, robots, scary



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