June 18, 2012
BehindTheMedspeak: Last Minute Robot — End of Life Care Machine
From LikeCool: "The Last Minute Robot consists of a padded caressing arm and a mechanical recorded voice designed to guide and comfort dying patients with a carefully scripted message. It was created by Dan Chen, an artist, designer, and engineer who just graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Digital + Media. He built the machine as one of a series of functional robots capable of reenacting human social behaviors."
"The device is activated and an LED screen reads 'Detecting end of life.' At this point, the doctor exits the room, leaving the patient alone by him or herself. Within moments the LED reads 'End of life detected' and the robotic arm begins its caressing action, moving back and forth, stimulating the sense of comfort during the dying process. Simultaneously, the robot annunciates the patient's name using a script, while stroking the patient through death."
Sounds good to me: I'll take one.
One thing, though: Is there battery backup for end of days?
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Posted by: sherlock | Jun 19, 2012 11:41:04 PM
I like that is says "you are not alone". Do the dying suddenly become stupid?
Posted by: tamra | Jun 19, 2012 4:55:28 AM
Put me down for some purring cats on the deathbed, and maybe a loyal pooch or two. And some friendly people. Yeah, people are good.
And of course a Hammond organ wheeled in and a 100-voice, white-robed choir singing "Goin' Up Yonder" in the background.
Posted by: Flautist | Jun 18, 2012 8:29:25 PM
Can I get one of these for my mom???
Posted by: clifyt | Jun 18, 2012 5:26:20 PM
What pictou said. This is horrific! All alone at the end...with a machine. I'd even settle for people I didn't particularly like.
Posted by: Becs | Jun 18, 2012 4:53:51 PM
O. M. G. That is HORRID!
So what happens, you start declining and they wheel this roboty thing in with a HAL-like voice to usher you to the other side? Not even some soothing music or a prayer if appropriate?
Just give me a needle.
Posted by: Pictou | Jun 18, 2012 3:05:15 PM
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