The DTI Foundation has made major inroads in recent years into the robotics sector of the medicine and health field. With the assistance of several partners, there have been multiple robots developed that each have specific functions that make them invaluable resources to the foundations and clinics that are using them.
DTI’s role in these products has been the facilitation of the development of these unique robots that allow for new technology and tools to enter real world environments. Bringing ideas for projects that open up discussions on how these innovative productions can be used to the greatest effect by the facilities they are placed in. Our connections with top tier medical facilities around the world allows us to then get these robots into spaces where they can have an immediate impact.
Along with the three robots listed below, we also have several other projects that are currently in development, and we are excited to see where they will lead. With our wealth of knowledge, we are always thinking of exciting new ideas for robots, and we are always looking for more software developers to help us achieve our goals. If you are interested in becoming a partner, contact us so we can continue to shape the field of medicine through innovation and research.
The first of these projects is our James robot which was made with the help of Alisys. There are two versions of James, with each providing different roles in different settings. The first version James has been coded and developed to be able to help teachers and experts present information about the organ donation and transplantation process.
James makes the learning process more interactive and fun by providing multimedia content and involving the healthcare professionals more completely in the learning process. The robot also has the ability to assist in health centers and research programs by promoting innovation in those areas. Perhaps the most important thing that James allows for, is the presentation of audiovisual materials throughout trainings. These keep participants engaged and even make James a suitable presenter and teacher in some small group activities. James’ ability to perform administrative tasks will also allow experts and teachers to maximize the time spent on course content and activities giving the trainings even more value.
The second version is a psychiatric version of the James robot that has been implemented in facilities and clinics. This version of the James robot handles most management tasks and ensures the day-to-day operations and tasks in medical facilities are taken care of and run smoothly. As our most advanced robot, this version of James frequently interacts with patients which gives the added bonus of allowing the patients to gain a level of comfort working with a robot. This robot is primarily used in the child and adolescent areas of the clinic where patients tend to be more excited to work with James and interact with him.
Hospital Clínic TEA
Our next project involves the development of another robot with Alisys that can assist clinics and facilities that work with children with autism. The goal of this project is to provide a tool for health centers that can help them interact with younger patients dealing with autism in a way that is caring, stimulating, and inviting. Because of the affect autism can have on socialization and communication, interpersonal interactions, especially with someone like a doctor or healthcare professional, can be extremely difficult. Particularly in younger patients. Having a robot on the other end of that conversation could make it easier on the patient and opens up possibilities for greater interaction through a more involved and fun experience for patients.
Hospital Platón: Unidad de Geriatría
A third project we are working on is a robot that will be located in nursing homes to help take care of the elderly. The robot was developed with the goal of teaching patients who develop diseases like diabetes later in life how to take care of themselves. For people who are born with diseases like this, or are diagnosed with them early in life, the care taking process is already ingrained in their mind. Older patients though may struggle to adapt and learn what it is that they need to do to take care of themselves. For processes that involve checking things or taking medicine and pills at certain times, it can be easy for an elderly person to forget or struggle to internalize this routine. Our robot will not only help provide reminders for things like this, but also help the patients become more independent by helping them grow accustomed to the requirements of their medicine and care.