Medical-related content is somewhat terrifying, and it always reminds us of bloody scenes, such as blood, corpses, diseases, surgery, etc., and when the doctor is replaced by a machine, a sharpening knife will come to you. At that time, the scene was even more creepy. But technology is to give people's work to machines as much as possible, and the medical field is no exception. This article counts 13 kinds of medical technology
tools, which are indeed very convenient, but they may also make you uneasy.
The 13 medical black technologies are: blood drawing robots, surgical robots, telemedicine robots, medical AI "assistants", AR, VR, Exoskeletons, food scanners and printers, digital tattoos, portable diagnostic equipment, and drone transportation of medical equipment
, Genome sequencing services and AI toys.
NO.1 Blood pumping robot
Even without robots, drawing blood is already terrifying. Not only do needles make us feel threatened, but sometimes nurses or other blood drawers have to stick a lot of needles to find the blood vessels. However, blood drawing robots such as Veebot can control the entire blood drawing process within 1 minute, and research has confirmed that such robots can find the most suitable blood vessel with an accuracy rate of 83%. Their accuracy rate can It's shoulder to shoulder with an experienced blood draw.
Veebot combines the latest robots and image recognition technology, it can effectively shorten the blood drawing time and accurately insert the needle into your vein to draw blood. The specific usage process is as follows: the patient stretches his arm into the inflatable cuff, and the inflatable cuff can stop bleeding; infrared light will image the inside of the patient's elbow, and compare the camera view with the vein distribution model of the arm to find a suitable one. The vein; ultrasound confirms whether the vein has sufficient blood flow; align the needle with the locked vein and insert the needle to draw blood.
Veebot is expected to provide some assurance for those patients whose veins are hidden and difficult to find. That said, entrusting the arm to a large needle-wielding machine is another matter. The blood collectors collect our blood samples because we trust them. But changing to a robot to draw blood, we may feel uneasy. What if the robot makes a mistake? What if the robot cannot stop as required?
NO.2 Surgical robot
Surgical robots may change the way operations are performed in the future. This industry is currently booming: by 2020, surgical robot sales are expected to double on the basis of 640 billion.
The example of the Da Vinci surgical robot system tells us that the robot does not replace the surgeon, on the contrary, it enhances their skills and makes their operations more precise. The Da Vinci system can transform the surgeon's hand movement into a smaller and more precise mechanical movement. Equipped with this system, the surgeon can complete the operation with a few small wounds. The surgical system includes a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and a small wrist instrument. The degree of bending and rotation is greater than that of a human hand. It enhances the scope of vision, accuracy and control of the operation.
However, lying under the scalpel operated by the machine is itself a scary thing. Although you are assured of entrusting your body to medical professionals, such a machine with a specific procedure may make you afraid that accidents may occur during the operation, but such a machine cannot respond to changes.
But we will gradually realize the fact that surgical robots do have a lower error rate, and they will also perform operations under the full control of the surgeon. I believe that such robots will become common in the future.
NO.3 Telemedicine robot
The shortage of medical resources is a global problem. According to WHO estimates, there is a gap of 4.3 million doctors, nurses and other medical workers worldwide. At the same time, the demand for medical resources is rising: the prevalence rate is rising, the prevalence of modern diseases such as diabetes and obesity is rising, and the aging society that is gradually entering into the elderly also needs more and more medical resources.
In this situation, more and more clinics will be equipped with telemedicine robots, and robots will become more and more common in medical procedures.
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NO.4 Medical AI "Assistant"
Have you talked to the chatbot? Whether or not, cleverbot.com is worth experiencing! On this website, you wonder if you are chatting with a woman or an algorithm? Similarly, maybe the sister you met on the dating site is actually an algorithm! What a creepy thing! But there is no doubt that artificial intelligence has been applied in more and more fields.
Artificial intelligence is to give computers the ability to learn, think, be rational, and even understand human emotions, allowing computers to do more repetitive tasks. AI can help doctors reduce the mortality rate of patients waiting for treatment. We can turn these algorithms into a medical assistant whose voice is tactful like a lark. When we are unwell, if it is necessary to seek medical examination, it will introduce us to a doctor.
AR (Augmented Reality, augmented reality technology) is a technology that calculates the position and angle of the camera image in real time and adds corresponding images, videos, and 3D models. The goal of this technology is to put the virtual world on the screen in reality. World and interact.
In the medical field, AR can assist surgeons in surgical operations and help them find veins faster, and AR may have a revolutionary impact on anatomical research.
Compared with the real world, AR allows us to see more. However, AR devices have a problem that was exposed in the Google Glass era a few years ago: privacy leakage. Even on many occasions, Google Glass is prohibited from entering. Unlike mobile phones, AR devices are completely invisible when using a camera. Everything in our lives will be exposed to the camera, and it may be photographed or recorded at any time. When VR moves from the laboratory to life, the privacy issue becomes an issue that needs to be taken seriously.
Wearing VR glasses must be a unique and exciting experience, nothing else can be compared with it. And this is why medical experts believe that VR has the potential to reform healthcare. It has already appeared in several medical fields. So we need to get acquainted with it as soon as possible.
For example, VR is very useful for alleviating the pressure of patients in hospital and releasing their boredom. A hospital in Los Angeles introduced VR to their patients to help them relieve stress and relieve pain. Using this special glasses, patients can escape from the hospital with four white walls, experience the fascinating atmosphere of Iceland, participate in the creation of art studios or swim with whales in the blue ocean.
NO.7 Exoskeletons (skeletal rehabilitation robot)
Exoskeletons is a mechanical device that can help people move around and can bear one's weight. With their assistance, the paralyzed patient can walk again. For example, a gait trained Exoskeletons helps a groom who is paralyzed from the chest down to his bride.
But when we first saw people using it to walk or run, we would open our mouths to its strange appearance. Regardless of the appearance of Exoskeletons, as it becomes more and more used, we all need to get used to it.
NO.8 food scanner and printer
Eating is a very social thing, but when eating out, we don’t know what we eat, what we should eat, and how we should eat.
Food scanners and nutrigenomics will change this situation. The former can tell you the exact composition of the meal, and the latter can tell you what to eat based on your metabolic status. For example, Nima, a gluten sensor, was named one of the 25 best inventions of 2015 by Time Magazine. It is a portable, well-designed gadget that can tell you within two minutes whether the food on the plate contains gluten based on a small food sample.
However, with the application of food scanners and printers, there has been such a problem: When we bring new technologies to the table and pursue the nutrition and health of food, the social nature of eating will be affected.
But we must get used to these new gadgets, use them consciously, and deliberately maintain a healthy balance between technology and interacting with people.
NO.9 number tattoo
Today, we have all kinds of wearable sensors that can collect your health data. These gadgets are smart and are usually used in specific scenarios, such as sleep, exercise, etc.-but they are also large and inconvenient to use, and sometimes it is difficult to obtain effective lifestyle suggestions from the data they provide. Soon, truly wearable, tiny digital tattoos will appear. The microchip made by MC10 can measure many vital signs at the same time. A Checklight biochip is attached to the skull to detect whether a person's head is injured after a collision.
You may feel horrified. There is a tiny device on your body, and you hardly feel it. It can collect all kinds of data about you, and even forward it to designated people. Insurance companies and our doctors may also get ours. Data, it may also cause serious privacy violations. So we must be careful and fully prepared for this.
NO.10 portable diagnostic equipment
In "Star Trek", after Dr. McCoy scanned the patient through his tricorder, he immediately found an abnormality, which is really cool. When we go to see a doctor, the same thing may happen to us. We will feel that we use one device after another, and they can measure vital signs and basic health parameters.
Our diagnostic equipment
is also developing in a portable direction, so it is worth preparing for it. Although the current product is far inferior to Dr. McCoy's tricorder, our technology will soon reach that level. You will see smartphones with powerful microscopes, for example, photos of swab samples and skin lesions; sensors that can detect abnormalities in DNA, antibodies or specific proteins; electronic noses, ultrasound probes, or almost any We are now attaching to smart phones and enhancing their functions.
NO.11 UAV transports medical equipment
I have a small drone that can be controlled by a central sensor.
This sounds weird, but when the drone delivers the items you bought on Amazon to your door, you believe it.
Companies are already testing it. When the road conditions are poor or help is urgently needed, the drone can transmit medical equipment (such as a semi-automatic defibrillator) to a set GPS location within a few seconds. Zipline International is a Silicon Valley startup that provides drugs and blood to patients in Rwanda through drones, and plans to expand its business to other countries before the end of the year. In September, UPS, the world's largest shipping company, completed a medical supplies transportation test flight, transporting medical supplies from Beverly and Mass to Beverly and Mass. The distance between the two is about 3 kilometers, and there is no car.
The future is very near. We need to accept drones to transport goods as soon as possible, and are used to flying in the air with many packages of medical supplies.
NO.12 Genome Sequencing Service
Genome sequencing has been the focus for many years. Since 2005, 2006 and 2007, patients can order sequencing services online through 23andme, Navigenics, or Pathway Genomics, respectively. The operation of this kind of business is based on the assumption that anyone can order genome sequencing services at home, understand some of their own specific medical risks, and what lifestyle they should choose to avoid these risks.
I have done four genetic tests, and even received training in genomics as a researcher, but when the test results came out, I was still very nervous. Because I can't do anything about it, I'm really nervous to see the test results. But the more we understand our genetic code and disease predispositions, the better we can prevent them.
So I encourage you to order a genomic test-to help you understand your body from a whole new perspective!
NO.13 AI toys
Cognitoys, an artificial intelligence toy, can promote children's cognitive development in a fun and gentle way. The emergence of this kind of toy allows us to discover that artificial intelligence can not only change our lives, but also bring us happiness.
Cognitoys also gives us a sense of confusion and insecurity. We humans may not be the only group that can collect and analyze information. I can tell you that when your child tells you that he is making friends with an AI with his own personality, we'd better prepare for it in time.
Certain technologies can be scary, and no matter how many benefits it brings to our lives, we need to be prepared for the discomfort they may cause.
By discussing these potential scenarios and the technologies that are coming to our lives, I believe we will be able to strike a balance between technological progress and human feelings.