Guest Post: Tallaght Hospital

Tallaght Hospital, located in Dublin, Ireland, is developing a reputation for the innovative use of technology in their patient care. It's the first hospital in the country to deploy a Remote Presence Robot which helps doctors diagnose strokes quickly so that clot busting drugs can be administered within the four-and-a-half hour target time, improving the chances of recovery.

But on to the latest innovation – you may have seen its type on a recent episode of Modern Family (Robot Phil), or the Tate Museum in London offering unique ‘after dark’ tours by robot but the Tallaght Robot is different.

Approximately five feet tall with a screen for a head, the doctor operating it on the other end is seen and heard. A camera is mounted on top, transmitting video and audio back the other way. The doctor uses a mobile phone to move the robot. The mobility of the Double makes it more user-friendly. With modern technology what it is now, patients of all ages are used to video conferencing through FaceTime and other technologies. While they are a little surprised to see a ‘talking head’ by their bedside, it is not an entirely alien concept.

LUCY is used in the Acute Surgical Assessment Unit in Tallaght Hospital, providing access to the most senior consultants on urgent cases that need a consult. This enables medical staff to ensure patients are seen and assessed quickly so decisions can be made to their care. The decision to admit a patient to the hospital or what tests need to be carried out for example. This reduces the time the patient has to wait considerably. Using a well-developed protocol, senior clinicians can provide a consultation quickly, for example a surgeon can be scheduled to undertake endoscopic procedures for a number of hours which would mean a patient has to wait. But by using LUCY, a consult can be provided between procedures, shortening the waiting time for the patient. It is also being used for ward rounds on two wards in the Hospital and as the mobile network infrastructure is upgraded this will be extended out to other parts of the hospital.

By using this technology, the efficiency of the unit is increased and makes specialists available around the clock as they can speak with the patient from their mobile phone via the screen when time is of the essence. It’s a major leap forward in the use of technology in Irish healthcare and has only begun use recently after the €5 million upgrade of the hospital’s ED.

Tallaght Hospital is the first to use this type of robot at present but no doubt something we will start to see a lot more of in healthcare.


Blog post and photo courtesy of Paul Ridgway, MD, Tallaght Hospital

Guest Post: Printful

Double Bridging the Gap Over the Atlantic Ocean

Printful's 35,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Los Angeles houses more than 60 employees and 60 printers. While our printing and shipping magic takes place in sunny California, we also have an office and dedicated staff halfway across the world in Riga, Latvia. We use email, Skype, Reamaze and Slack to communicate across continents, but sometimes it's not enough and we enlist the help of our Double. 

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What is Printful?

In a nutshell, Printful is a dropshipping service for print products, like t-shirts, posters, and leggings. Online retailers connect their stores with us, submit their designs, and sync their products. When an order comes in for something from their store, it goes to us and then we print and ship it to the customer.

We were founded as part of the Draugiem Group, the largest IT company in Latvia. Our Latvian team consists of programmers, designers, customer service reps, and marketing coordinators. The team in California is responsible for fulfillment, and additional customer service.

Why Double Works for Us

It's hard communicating with an ocean and a 10-hour time difference separating both offices. Our Double is useful when the programmers in Latvia need to check up on a printer or run test prints when the LA office is already closed for the day. Rather than waiting until somebody is in the office to call them, we can activate the Double and take a closer look ourselves. This keeps time difference delays at a minimum.

"Operating the Double feels like operating a character in a video game, except you're moving it around in a real space." – Ģirts Upītis, programmer and main Double user

It's also handy when somebody in the Latvian office needs to contact someone in California about an urgent matter. Rather than playing phone tag and emailing back and forth, it's possible to zip around on the Double to find the right person.

On a slightly less practical level, it's nice for the team in Latvia to see the magnitude of our operations first-hand. Working from so far away, it's easy to forget how much Printful prints and ships on a daily basis. Staff members in Latvia can hop on the Double, “walk” around the warehouse, and see for themselves. It's inspiring to see how much we do, and it's reassuring to know that the team's efforts in Latvia really are impacting growth.

Check out Double in action at Printful's office: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yltd6nqgiju3wus/RoboCop.mp4?dl=0

The Future of Work?

The way we work is rapidly changing. Thanks to the internet, we are becoming more globally connected and it's not uncommon to have employees working remotely, or offices split up in different locations.

One of the drawbacks of a remote workforce is the lack of face-to-face interaction with colleagues, but technology is slowly changing this. Using Double might not be quite the same as talking to somebody in person, but it's the closest alternative to the real thing. With more people in the workforce choosing to work remotely and more companies embracing this trend, tools like Double can help people stay connected.

Blog post and photos courtesy of Nora Inveiss, Printful

Double Robotics To Be Featured on ABC's The Bachelor!

Double Robotics will be featured on an upcoming episode of The Bachelor, currently celebrating its milestone 20th season. The episode will feature a special group date where several lucky ladies will test their love and compatibility using the Double Robotic product with the newest Bachelor, Ben Higgins.  This episode is scheduled to air Monday, January 11th, 2016, at 8/7c on ABC.

Ben Higgins, the handsome software salesman who was sent home by Kaitlyn Bristowe last season on The Bachelorette, confessed to Kaitlyn that he thought he was “unloveable.” Even so, he saw a great life with her, only to have his hopes dashed and his heart broken when he was left without a rose. Now, Ben is ready to open himself up again to love, but he still has lingering fears. He will attempt to put his heartbreak behind him and overcome those fears when he stars as the Bachelor and searches for his one true love. Follow Ben’s search for his soul mate in the milestone 20th season of ABC’s hit romance reality series The Bachelor, Mondays (8:00–10:01 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to be featured on ABC’s The Bachelor,” said David Cann, co-founder and CEO of Double Robotics. “It’s amazing to see primetime television shows interested in featuring innovative technologies, and we’re excited to be part of it.”

ABOUT DOUBLE ROBOTICS

Double Robotics is the creator of Double, the world’s leading telepresence robot. Double is an iPad-based robot that gives people a physical presence at work or in school when they can’t be there in person. Founded in 2012 and a graduate of the startup accelerator Y Combinator, Double Robotics is a privately-held technology company headquartered in Burlingame, California. Visit www.doublerobotics.com for more information.

ABOUT THE BACHELOR

On ABC’s hit primetime reality series The Bachelor, one lucky man is offered the chance to find true love. A single and eligible Bachelor embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a number of beautiful women, gradually narrowing the field as he continues his search for his soul mate. At the end of this romantic voyage, if he has found the one, will there be a proposal — and will she say yes? Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. For more information on The Bachelor, visit http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor.


Double Robotics Introduces Double 2

DOUBLE ROBOTICS INTRODUCES DOUBLE 2

Next Generation of Double Robotics Marks the Most Advanced Telepresence Robot Yet

Burlingame, Calif., January 6, 2016 - Double Robotics, creator of Double, the telepresence robot, today unveiled Double 2, the all-new model of its internationally-acclaimed telepresence robot. The new Double includes Lateral Stability Control, Power Drive, and Camera Kit, which are designed to increase spatial awareness for the driver and enhance the overall driving experience.

“The unveiling of Double 2 marks our deep commitment to our customers to make their experience with Double Robotics the best it can be,” said David Cann, co-founder and CEO at Double Robotics. “The three new features are a direct result of customer feedback. Our mission is to enable all types of remote experiences, and the introduction of Double 2 will help us work toward that goal.”

Lateral Stability Control

Double 2 introduces a transformative, patent-pending technology called Lateral Stability Control that allows drivers to traverse common office or classroom obstacles without losing balance. Lateral Stability Control is a shock absorption mechanism and advanced software algorithm that enables Double to maintain stability while crossing over cords, bumps, or a change in flooring.

Power Drive

Drivers can now go up to 80 percent faster than normal driving speed when Power Drive is enabled. By simply holding the Shift key, Double 2 can cruise at an average indoor walking speed of 1.6 miles per hour, an increase from 0.9 miles per hour on the first generation Double.

Camera Kit

The visual experience on Double 2 is even better with the all-new Camera Kit accessory. Camera Kit is an attachable camera with a 150-degree wide-angle lens that increases field-of-view by 70 percent on both sides. Along with a wide-angle lens, there will now be always-on Floor View, so drivers can see exactly what’s in front of them at all times. Photos will now be taken with a 5 megapixel HD camera, compared to the standard 1.2 megapixel camera.

Pricing & Availability

  • Double 2 and Camera Kit are available for order worldwide today, with same-day shipping available in some locations. Double 2 remains at the same price of $2,499 and Camera Kit is available at $249.

  • Double 2 and Camera Kit will be available in the US and through the company’s twenty-four authorized distributors worldwide.

  • Double Robotics will offer a package deal to include Double 2, Charging Dock, Audio Kit, and Camera Kit for $2,999.

  • Double Robotics is introducing the Loyalty Pricing Program by offering a 10 percent discount on Double 2 to all current customers, through February 29, 2016.

Another successful ISTE for the books!

Last week, we ventured to Philadelphia for ISTE, the annual education tech expo and conference hosted by the International Society for Technology in Education. We had a great time speaking with educators around the world and telling them about how our innovative technology is a game-changer in the classroom. Special thanks to our distribution partners ESSDACK & Symbaloo!

Till next year, ISTE!


Double at Seats2meet in Utrecht, Netherlands

Niels Schuddeboom has written a blog about his experience with using a Double. For the majority of his life, he's been in a wheel chair. Although he's still able to get around, he thinks the Double brings on a new "naturalness in contact". 

"I had the feeling that I was really part of the group. When someone said something, I could turn toward that person and, during our dialogue in the midst of a collection of lively conversations, we could move aside a little so as to better understand each other. Just as you would in reality. By moving the arrow up and down on my Mac’s keyboard, the Double came to life in Leuven and slowly, but surely, moved to the other side of the classroom.  moved myself to the other side of the classroom. What a blast of fresh air!"

To read the rest of it, please click here.



Student's senior project helps home-bound students attend school

Jake McEwen has decided to dedicate his senior project to home-bound students, like Jasmine Fatmi, an eight grader at Sebasticook Valley Middle School in Newport. With the help of a Double, he hopes to give them the chance to experience the school day with friends, which they’ve never had before. 

The project will give home-bound students another outlook, outside of their homes’ four walls, being a part of the community and essentially learning beside their peers.

“Any student who comes to the district now, they don’t just have to be home-schooled now, they’ll actually be able to go to class with their friends,” says McEwen.

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