At Boston hospital, robots monitor patients’ recovery at home

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We've already seen robots serve as “personal avatars” for employees working away from the office, but recently we came across what is potentially an even more exciting application. At Children's Hospital in Boston, doctors are now in the midst of a pilot project in which patients take robots home with them after their stay, for help with post-operative consultations and care. Created by VGo Communications, the 4-foot-6, 17-pound, two wheel robots function primarily as a means of videoconferencing, giving the families of hospital patients a way to keep in touch with doctors and nurses in between post-surgical appointments. Equipped with…

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