Robots of the Future: caretaker 30,000 laboratory mice




In Japan, have developed a robot that will look for laboratory animals. The machine is designed for use by pharmaceutical companies and research institutions that have in their laboratories from 10 000 to 30 000 experimental mice or rats. The development is owned companies Nikkyo Technos and Yaskawa Electric.

The main problem of breeding animals is the risk of transmission from animal to human. In case of infection has to get rid of infected animals and to recruit new ones. This can not be tolerated. The use of robots in an isolated room can prevent the transmission of infections from animals to humans and vice versa.

Shestiosevoy multiaxial robot follows the movements of the person. The machine is capable of changing the dishes to feed, forage report and change the water. Unfortunately, the current version does not take into account how much food is in the trough. But in the next model of the robot will be finalized by this point – will equip the robot camera that will monitor the food residues. This will supply the right amount of food.

Mice are very active animals, so the robot is working carefully. It performs approximately 80 percent of the work associated with the content of laboratory animals. Our goal is to automate the heavy, dirty and dangerous work.

Moreover, the robot can be paired with another robot that carries the cells from the shelves at the workplace, as well as connect to the surveillance cameras, allowing you to automate all aspects of keeping animals in laboratories.

The animals can be found round the clock surveillance. Thus, rodents can be observed remotely even measure their body temperature.

All this will speed up the work of the laboratory. Control the consumption of food animals with cameras safe and secure. Scientists plan this year to complete the development of the system, and the following year to present some final versions.

Robots are not only perform routine work, but also engaged in creative work .
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