Wednesday, May 18, 2022

HAL S5301 humanoid robot simulates a patient with traumatic brain injury

Gaumard Scientific, a Miami-based company that creates simulators for healthcare education and training, has announced the development of the HAL S5301 robot designed to simulate a brain-injured patient.

Gaumard Scientific’s HAL S5301 robot will feature life-like movement to simulate symptoms of stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Its technology, including conventional speech, lifelike movement, and next-generation simulated physiology, has never been seen before. The robot will verbally answer students’ questions, describing its symptoms and speaking in a similar way as in the case of an individual with a brain injury.

Gaumard Neural Speech model enables HAL to converse naturally with providers by understanding context, responding automatically and getting smarter over time. The HAL S5301 Educational Medical Humanoid Robot simulates realistic stroke and TBI scenarios with lifelike motor reflexes, including facial drooping and head, arm, and hand movement.

This most advanced multidisciplinary patient simulator in the world for healthcare education and training.
This most advanced multidisciplinary patient simulator in the world for healthcare education and training. Credit: Gaumard Scientific

The robot’s body exhibits cardiac, respiratory, and vascular characteristics that are consistent with those of a patient with a brain injury. These can be measured and monitored using standard diagnostic equipment, and the robot will also respond to the use of equipment such as defibrillators and mechanical ventilators.

“HAL S5301 is the first simulator to fulfill educational objectives across multiple clinical disciplines,” said John Eggert, Gaumard’s Executive Vice President. “Using the latest technology, conversational speech and AI have been incorporated to emulate real life. For the first time, we have developed a simulator for brain injury training with highly advanced motor movements. HAL S5301 brings Gaumard’s most advanced technologies to offer the world’s most advanced simulator.”

“Real medical equipment can be used to monitor and diagnose HAL S5301’s clinical condition, just as it can be on all of our high-fidelity simulators. It is designed to be a key component for professional-level training across clinical disciplines as well as academic-level education. An optimized simulation program using HAL S5301 enables safe and effective learning opportunities,” said James Archetto, Gaumard’s Vice President of U.S. Direct Sales.

The company introduced the HAL S5301 patient simulator at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, or IMSH, in Las Vegas last month. It is expected to be commercially available this spring.

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