Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cheetah Robot Sets Speed Record

In non-medical geek news, I ran across this Popular Science article during a study break this morning. It took me back to the days of jaw-dropping amazement at seeing the Big Dog robot, created by DARPA / Boston Dynamics, with its eerily lifelike movements as it traversed uneven terrain, even catching itself from falling on slippery ice. Check out 1:27 in the video below to see why I always fancied it to be reminiscent of a newborn foal in its wobbly-kneed gait... Also, if you're like my wife and enjoy cute things (well, if a potential ancestor of civilization-destroying robot killers can be considered "cute"), you'll want to check this out too.

I love seeing robot videos like this, and while the idea of surgical robots might scare some people, I think it's awesome. The fact that the precision and deftness of robot movement can far surpass that of humans is exciting, especially when working microscopically. Frankly, the ways in which technology is changing medical training is really interesting to me. I recently read an article about how simulator training for surgical laparoscopic procedures was just as effective and even faster in reaching that efficacy than traditional training methods. Cool stuff.

Anyone have any favorite robot videos / technology-in-medicine news they'd like to share?

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