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SRI's Trauma Pod

Peter Rojas
Trauma Pod robotic arm prototype

We seriously hope that they're not calling this the "trauma pod" just to cash in on the cachét of a certain other gadget (we'll cut 'em some slack since the term has actually been around for a while), but SRI just landed a $12 million research grant from the Defense Department to develop a battlefield robot that can be used to remotely perform surgery on wounded soldiers. SRI says that they're still at least a decade away from the trauma pod becoming a reality, mainly because of the massive wireless bandwidth that's needed for telesurgery.

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