Vita is a telepresence robot that lets doctors interact with patients remotely. It provides two-way video and access to patient data and diagnostic devices such as otoscopes and ultrasound imagers.
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Vita stands for "Virtual and Independent Telemedicine Assistance."
In 2013, the robot received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used for patient monitoring and examinations.
- Able to map environments and autonomously navigate them. Equipped with a collision avoidance system and an iPad interface.
- 168 cm | 66 in
- 58.4 cm | 23 in
- 58.4 cm | 23 in
- 79.8 kg | 176 lb
- 5.4 km/h | 3.4 mph (max)
- Cameras and obstacle-detection sensors. Electronic stethoscope.
- Six brushed DC motors
- Two medical-grade power supplies; military-grade lithium-ion batteries.
- Two computers (Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Core i7) with wireless and Bluetooth; two solid-state drives.
- Linux and Windows 7 Embedded operating systems.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- 5 (Wheels: 3 DoF; Head: 2 DoF)
- Aluminum, stainless steel, chemical and UV resistant plastics.
- $4,000 to $6,000 per month to lease (depending on lease duration and other variables). Includes cloud-based network infrastructure and technical support.
InTouch Health and iRobot first announced a joint development and licensing agreement to explore health-care applications in July 2011. An expanded partnership, along with a US $6 million investment by iRobot in InTouch, was announced in January 2012. As iRobot looked into the health-care market as an area of growth, a partnership with InTouch seemed like a natural fit. InTouch has extensive knowledge about remote presence and the health-care industry, and iRobot has expertise around robot navigation, mobility, and autonomy. The result was RP-VITA, publicly unveiled in July 2012. It received FDA clearance in November 2012 and is now currently on the market.