New Robot Patient Helps Train Dental Students
Scientists at Showa University in Tokyo, Japan, first created Hanako over a decade ago. Today, improvements have been made to the android robot that acts like a dental patient. Showa Hanako 2 possesses more human-like qualities such as a silicone skin and mouth lining, and a motorized movement of its tongue, head and arms. The robot provides psychological training for students as well as regular skill training. Interacting with a humanized robot rather than with an inanimate dummy, can trigger the same emotions doctors might experience when dealing with real patients. Students are thus better prepared to tackle the challenges they will encounter during their practice.
Showa Hanako 2 was designed to move, act and feel like a real human being. Students practice on the robot dummy in order to get a more accurate feel of treating a real live patient. The robot possesses a number of human qualities; speaking, coughing, shaking its head, gagging and closing its mouth if it has been open for too long or too wide, are to name but a few. Showa Hanako 2 is equipped with speech recognition software that allows her to communicate with the students. Software technology is in fact being implemented in numerous areas of dentistry.
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