Saitama Medical University Begins Testing Robots To Deliver Specimens

Saitama Medical University begins testing robots to deliver specimensSaitama Medical University said Wednesday it has begun testing two robots to deliver specimens for clinical examinations, freeing nurses and clinical laboratory technicians from such physical duties by teaming up with Panasonic Healthcare Co.


The robot, measuring 130 centimeters in height, 60 cm in width and 70 cm in depth, is programmed to carry urine samples to designated locations inside the university's International Medical Center in Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture, once every 30 minutes, the university said.  

It has a sensor to detect obstacles in its way, and if a person comes into its path it says "Excuse me. Please make way."