I'd Rather Stink: A Sponge-Bathing Robot
Look around. Is everything white and sterile? Don't panic, you're in the hospital. Is everyone decked out in Haz-Mat suits? Okay, start panicking -- you're in a top secret genetic test lab. They're gonna try to grow rat penises on the backs of your knees. Anyway, this is Cody, the sponge-bathing robot that'll be washin' that ass of yours for the rest of this living nightmare.
No one wants to give a sponge bath to another person, especially if you're a nurse. It's a task that is part of the job, but no one enjoys it. A new robot named Cody could replace nurses in the future.
Cody is hacked together from a "Segway omnidirectional mobile base, two anthropomorphic arms with seven degrees of freedom and wrists equipped with 6-axis force/torque sensors. The end of the robot's right arm is fitted with a specialized 'bath mitt' and the robot gathers laser range data and images from a laser range finder and camera mounted above the robot's torso."
Granted getting a sponge bath is fairly embarrassing (particularly if you just crapped your pants before realizing you're only wearing a backless gown), but do you really wanna trust the job to a robot? If you answered "yes", congratulations, you're out of your f***ing mind. Which reminds me -- did I ever tell you about the time I broke my arm for the second time and had to get bone marrow taken out of my hip to help fuse the bones back together? When I finally came out from under the anesthesia half my pubes were shaved. WAIT A MINUTE, I DIDN'T AUTHORIZE THIS -- WHO DID THIS AND WHY DID THAT ONE DUDE NURSE JUST WINK AT ME?! That's it, put me back under -- I'm gonna get to the bottom of this.
Short video of Spongebot Deathpants in action after the jump.
Thanks to Divo, David and Jess L., who would rather risk staph infections than ever get a robotic rub-down.