Medical robots account for nearly half of professional service robot sales, and for years, doctors have used robots for all sorts of medical purposes, including routine surgeries [source: McRae]. Now that the Internet is ubiquitous, robot engineers must have the knowledge to layer networking abilities into their newest robotic creations.
Medical robots generally incorporate robotics systems, sensors and surgical tools that work seamlessly with command software. Properly designed and deployed, these robots increase the productivity of a hospital, reduce the overall cost of health care and provide real benefits to the end patient.
In the next four or five decades, robots could very well take control of most surgery. Human surgeons, then, would step back and become operating room managers who monitor the robots and ensure patient safety. Robot design will be paramount to improved surgical outcomes. And those robots will definitely be connected to other products via local networks and the wider Internet.
Internet cameras, video screens, microphones and speakers will all be a part of the system. And of course, each patient will be laced with monitors for vital signs that link directly to the robot and to the surgeon.
Robot designers will need advanced skills in mechanical engineering, electrical systems and computer software in order to create their machines, which in turn will save lives.