Calico: A Wearable Robotic Assistant #WearableWednesday
Researchers at the University of Maryland SMART LAB have created a small wearable robot called Calico. Small but mighty, the robot attaches to a special track sewn on top of your clothing. The tiny robot can sense your vitals and even guide you through exercise. IEEE Spectrum shares.
When describing their research, the SMART LAB members came up with many applications for their wearable. A microphone and a stethoscope add-on enable the robot to sense vital signs, for example. The robot could travel to a predefined location to listen to your organs, or a doctor could teleoperate it in real time. And because the system already has an accelerometer, it could be used to detect falls.
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