Thursday, 9 July 2009

The Robot Response Team

With modern technology becoming ever more pervasive in society two examples of how it is having a positive influence on our lives have come to light.

Royal Berkshire Hospital has begun using it's new £1.2m da Vinci robo-doctor as a regular technique during keyhole surgery, initially in gynaecology, urology and ear, nose and throat procedures.

Dr Adam Jones said, "The recovery is faster; shorter hospital stays with less painkillers afterwards."

A campaign has been launched to buy the machine and ensure it is able to be offered as a permanent facility.

Meanwhile a chemical fire at Membury Airfield resulted in GHOST bomb-disposal robots being used to check on the condition on unexploded acetylene cylinders in Aviation Enterprises' 80mx40m windturbine development factory.

The factory was destroyed, but luckily there was little further damage and no loss of life.

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