An Eye for Robotics

AXA Robot in an Eye ClinicOne of the things that was already in motion but accelerated by Covid-19 is working from home, but… being attended by robots?

This is the case of an ophthalmological (eye) clinic in Torre del Mar where two new members of staff have been added: CR-1 and NAO. These humanoid robots have several tasks, such as taking your temperature as soon as you walk through the door, for instance.

Rumours that you will be terminated with a blast from a ray gun by CR-1 if found to have a slight fever are possibly an exaggeration. It is also highly unlikely that NAO whispered, “take me to you leader,” when asked for an Aspirin.

The eleven members of the human staff have been assured by the clinic’s owner that their jobs are not in jeopardy but rather that their tin workmates are there to lessen the chances of their getting infected by customers. It doesn’t help that the two robots snigger when a member of staff leaves at night and mutter, “hasta la vista, Baby.”

The acquisition of robotic staff has set the clinic back 100,000 euros but the investment will serve to assist the clinic’s specialists such as optometrists and ophthalmologists. They also carry out a diagnostic questionnaire, as well as dry-eye tests.

Xerophthalmia, (dry-eye syndrome) is a medical condition in which the eye fails to produce tears. It may be caused by vitamin A deficiency, which is sometimes used to describe that condition, although there may be other causes.

So, where did the clinic get them from? A passing alien freighter? No, the boss, Doctor Marcos, saw them when on a profession trip to South Korea. He was impressed by the Samsung technology available in his field.

(News: Torre del Mar, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia – Photo: E. Cabezas)

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