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Oct 1, 2018,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

Medical training: A robot capable of simulating patient emotions

Complete with an expressive face and boasting an ability to cry and blush, Gaumard’s latest educational robot pushes the boundaries of reality. Named HAL ® S225, the robot has the face of a boy and aims to help medical students interact with their future young patients. 

Developed by the US company Gaumard, which specialises in medical simulators for training hospitals and nursing schools, HAL ® S225 is a medical training robot. Standing one metre tall, he looks uncannily like a boy and can simulate a certain number of pathologies and interact with trainee doctors and nurses, as reported by BFMTV.

 

A life-like, interactive robot boy

 

What makes Gaumard’s latest invention different to its existing range of educational mannequins, which includes infants and mothers with babies, is that it has a series of new functions. The robot boy’s face can convey different emotions, such as disappointment and anger, and can even burst into tears.

HAL ® S225, which can also move its head and eyes, has been designed to be lifelike and offer medical students the same kind of interactions they can expect when dealing with young patients in the flesh. 

 

A complete training solution

 

To make it even more lifelike, Gaumard has equipped the robot with a respiratory system and a beating heart, allowing students to check its vital signs such as his heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure, as well as blood sugar levels. HAL ® S225 is programmed to play out ten different scenarios, all of which students are likely to be faced with in real life. 

HAL ® S225, whose face can also go pale and blush, has been designed as a complete training solution and features medical data and tools that allow medical students to learn to communicate with young patients. Tetherless and wireless, the robot boy has a battery life of up to eight hours.

 

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