The Mayo Clinic is reportedly gearing up to deploy a “Segway-like machine” replete with cameras and a viewing screen for use at football games at Northern Arizona University.
The gridiron-focused goal of the unorthodox effort is to evaluate whether this technology can be used by doctors to remotely diagnose concussions.
The telemedicine robot, steered and directed via remote control, lets a user communicate through microphone, camera and speakers. The robot can navigate turf, but will mostly hang around Northern Arizona’s training room…
Katharine Grayson, a reporter with the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, reported Friday that Mayo will not use the robot to physically interact with or speak to athletes as the efficacy of the technology is assessed in the study.
“Instead,” Grayson writes, “they will observe how trainers interact with injured players. Researchers will then make note of their diagnosis, and see if it matches up with Northern Arizona staff’s conclusions.”