This robotic nurse drives itself around the hospital delivering drugs and food to patients

Robots may still have a ways to go, but they are already taking on our mundane and time-consuming chores. Tug, an autonomous mobile robot, aids nurses and hospital workers by delivering drugs and food to patients, allowing staff members to focus on other tasks and patient care.

Tug doesn’t have the appearance of what many would expect of a robot, looking something like an oven on wheels. It rolls itself around the hospital, following a checklist of tasks uploaded to its programming by staff. Hospital employees can change the order of these tasks based on urgency. Tug navigates a facility using dozens of lasers to map its immediate surroundings. Tug’s programming also grants it the ability to make quick decisions, such as stopping if someone were to step in its way or registering a new object in its path and going around it.

The large box on Tug’s back can be swapped out with different models to meet needs besides food and medical deliveries. Tug can carry up to 1,000 pounds on its back. The company behind Tug, Aethon, has plans to introduce the robot to other workplaces, such as hotels, as well. A Tug operating at a hotel would do similar tasks as at a hospital, like making deliveries to guests in their rooms.

Tug

Robots may still have a ways to go, but they are already taking on our mundane and time-consuming chores. Tug, an autonomous mobile robot, aids nurses and hospital workers by delivering drugs and food to patients, allowing staff members to focus on other tasks and patient care.

Tug doesn’t have the appearance of what many would expect of a robot, looking something like an oven on wheels. It rolls itself around the hospital, following a checklist of tasks uploaded to its programming by staff. Hospital employees can change the order of these tasks based on urgency. Tug navigates a facility using dozens of lasers to map its immediate surroundings. Tug’s programming also grants it the ability to make quick decisions, such as stopping if someone were to step in its way or registering a new object in its path and going around it.