China’s first-ever ward-assistant robot made its debut at the Jiangsu Cancer Hospital this week to promote messages on health awareness and give reminders to patients. It is expected to assist in surgeries in the future, Tencent News reports.
This superman-like robot has been dubbed “Lee Xiaojiang” and measures around 50 centimeters tall. Xiaojiang is capable of walking, sitting down and performing a “house riding dance” at doctors’ commands.
Doctor Lee Jian, who’s in charge of the daily operation of Xiaojiang, said that the robot is now “getting to know ward staff and will give medical reminders to patients soon.”
He added that the robot would be in service every Tuesday and Friday afternoon to deliver messages on health.
Jin Hai, the Dean of Jiangsu Cancer Hospital, said that the robot was jointly produced by the hospital and another IT company, and was manufactured in France. He added that in the future, more software programs will be installed for more functions, and Xiaojiang will one day be able to participate in operations.
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The International Robot Association said recently that China is set to become the largest market for robots, with the demand here expected to reach 32,000 units by the end of the year. In March, Asia’s first-ever robot-assisted liver transplant surgery was successfully performed at a hospital in Shanghai.
[Images via China News and Tencent News]
[Video via chinanews.com]
By Christy Lau