TV's Dr. House may casually run one treatment regimen after another past the patients under his care, but Japan's doctors and nurses don't have that luxury - and they'll also be short of time in the event of a possible influenza epidemic.
A new patient simulation robot seeks to hone their diagnostic, therapeutic and curative skills without worrying about the consequences of failure.
As demonstrated at the Security & Safety Trade Expo (RISCON, for short) held recently in Tokyo, the anthropomorphic, animatronic robot displayed rubbery, skin-like epidermis with pores engineered to exude sweat and tears (no blood though).
Other flu symptoms health care professionals will note are moaning and whole-body shaking as the pseudo-patient goes into convulsions, and should worst come to worst the robot will cease breathing - without, unfortunately, its eyes rolling up to flash "game over".
Here's a short video of the flu-bot (heh, flu-bot) acting all infected and virus-ridden:
Patient simulator robots aren't exactly new, but this particular one seems to be the first specialized version programmed to exhibit the symptoms of one certain disease.
Though no replacement for a genuine human patient, the robot should serve its purpose in providing caregivers with a basic understanding of how H1N1 influenza affects people and how to know if treatment is getting results. Or not. (via Pink Tentacle)