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"Arti" - electronic medical assistant developed by students

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Students of the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machinery Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology, have developed the electronic vehicle "Arti". In the future, the robot could act as an "assistant" for a doctor in a hospital or a disabled person at home.

"Arti" (short for Artificial Intelligence) is a special electronic vehicle developed by a team of students from the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machinery Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture to help people with disabilities.

According to Eng. Michał Dybko from the Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology, at the design stage there were three ideas for the areas in which the robot could function: a house, a hospital or a shopping centre.

"We thought about it and decided that it should not start from working at home. It would be better to start in a hospital because there are more repetitive tasks. There, too, people get tired, so the robot could replace a nurse who has to go through one hundred beds every day and dispense tablets, and easily transport and distribute the tablets to patients" - says Dybko.

According to the student, this way "Arti" would become an assistant to a doctor or nurse. It tasks would include simple diagnostics - measuring the pulse, pressure or temperature. By means of special tubes, the robot would be able to, for example, dispense tablets to individual patients. Special sensors would allow to check for gas leaks, the robot could also ionise the air.

"Arti" has two wheels equipped with self-steering gyroscopes for balancing in a vertical position, an electric drive powered by two batteries and a chassis made of aluminium profiles. Ultimately it is intended to be autonomous. This part, including electronics, has been developed at the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machinery Engineering, under the supervision of Dr. Przemysław Szulim.

The robot`s chassis has been printed on 3D printers and combined with sheet metal parts. The device has been designed to ensure medical functionality. The designers idea was to combine technology and art.

Functional assumptions and the form of the robot were designed by the students of the Master`s program, as a semester project in the specialisation: Interior and Industrial Design in Architecture and Urban Planning, under the supervision of Dr. Anna Dybczyńska-Bułyszko. (PAP)

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