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Telehealth Drones To The Rescue
A telehealth drone is under development at the University of Cincinnati that can offer fast on-the-spot delivery of medical supplies or testing equipment.
Inventors at the University of Cincinnati announced this past week that they had developed a semi-autonomous drone prototype to dispatch medicine or supplies to people's homes.
The drone, which is still in development, has cameras and a display screen to allow patients to communicate with healthcare professionals from within their own homes.
In addition to the cameras and the display screen, the semi-autonomous drone prototype carries a waterproof box that can deliver medical supplies or collect self-administered lab tests.
Researchers noted the potential long-term capabilities of telehealth drones, including chronic disease management and environmental quality assessments.
Frederik Pohl writes in The Age of the Pussyfoot about flying death-reversal equipment:
"Man Forrester!" cried the joymaker from his belt. "I must inform you that Heinzlichen Jura de Syrtis Major has waived protest of the bonding regulations. The death-reversal equipment is on its way..."
The joymaker was addressing him again, bat he could catch only part of it. ". . . On station now, Man Forrester." A shadow passed over him, and he looked up. Overhead a white aircraft of some sort—it had no wings—was sliding diagonally down toward him. It bore a glittering ruby insigne like the serpent staff of Aesculapius on its side.
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