Researchers at the Department of Automatic Control Systems Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC), Sheffield, have planned to develop a VR-controlled robotics system to treat injured UK soldiers during wars.
The robotic system will enable trained medics to check on the soldiers using the virtual reality (VR) headset and remotely control a robot to perform medical triage. It will send photos and videos of injuries to medics and detect patients’ information like temperature, blood pressure, mouth swap, and blood sample.
Often injured soldiers in wars are checked by a medical technician, similar to a paramedic. The equipment and facilities provided on the battlefield are limited, and moving injured soldiers to hospitals can take time and even days. Therefore, to overcome this challenge, researchers at AMRC planned to design a remotely operated robot that will save a soldier’s life in extreme situations.
Professor Sanja Dogramadzi, the head of Digital Design at the University of Sheffield AMRC, will lead the VR-controlled, remotely operated robots project. Professor Sanja Dogramadzi stated that the remotely operated robotic system would improve safety by reducing the danger soldiers face during medication. The project is funded by the Defence Science Technology Laboratory and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority with the Defence and Security Accelerator.