The orderly robot

The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay now has a fleet of about two dozen Tug robots delivering drugs, linens and meals and carting away medical waste, soiled linens and trash, reports Josh Valcarcel in Wired magazine. Twenty-seven infrared and ultrasonic sensors enable the robots to avoid bumping into people or blocking their paths.

They stand back from elevators and summon them through the hospital’s Wi-Fi, using radio waves to open doors. Human staff have varied reactions to the Tugs and, in his amusing piece, Valcarcel, who grew up in the Silicon Valley, says even he finds the hospital robots “just weird.”

Source: Wired, February 2015
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