This is the RP-VITA. It is a 60-inch tall robot developed by iRobot and InTouch Health, which is among the myriad robots on display at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.
CNET reports that the iPad-operated robot is the first navigating-communications medical robot to be approved by the FDA. So, it could be out and about and helping to save lives sooner than later.
The machine is approved "for telemedicine consults inclusive of active patient monitoring in high-acuity environments where immediate clinical action may be required," InTouch said in a release. Specifically, it's cleared for "active patient monitoring in pre-operative, peri-operative and post-surgical settings, including cardiovascular, neurological, prenatal, psychological, and critical care assessments and examinations."