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Flirtey, a drone delivery service, has teamed up with an ambulance company to launch the first drone defibrillator service in the United States. The company’s drones will be used for sending out defibrillators and other emergency equipment by air in situations where they’re required. This partnership with the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority will allow responders to dispatch an automated external defibrillator by air.
As a result of this partnership, responders will be able to dispatch an external defibrillator by air in addition to ambulance dispatches for every emergency call for a cardiac arrest.
The rapid drone deployment program combines Flirtey’s flight-planning software technology with the ambulance company’s patient care and transport programs. The aim of this program is to improve response times, particularly in locations where traffic can often be a hurdle in the arrival of paramedics on the scene.
This joint delivery program will enable a person on the scene to use the defibrillator on the person going into cardiac arrest before the paramedics arrive. The equipment has been designed in a way that it can be used by anyone, even those who don’t have a health care of emergency background.
“This is one of the most important uses of drone-delivery technology, and we believe that by democratizing access to this lifesaving aid, our technology will save more than a million lives over the decades to come,” said Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeny.
We have seen in various sci-fi movies how in the future, it could be that we will be outfitted with robotic body parts to replace our missing ones, or to help us perform certain tasks better. For now such technology does exist in the form of exoskeleton suits that prevents the elderly from falling or lifting heavy objects, just to name a few uses.
However a startup based in Paris called Wandercraft has created an exoskeleton that has been designed to help paraplegics walk again, or at least with some help. The company has actually been trialing their technology for the past few years and has recently announced that they have managed to close a Series B round of investments said to be worth €15 million.
According to Nicolas Simon, CEO and one of the three founders of Wandercraft, “We are proud to have built a fantastic investor team around our mission, to bring autonomy to wheelchair users. They do not only bring funding but a unique combined experience in robotics, medical technologies and global growth. With the success of the first clinical trials and after 5 years of development on the leading edge of robotics and medicine, we now have all the resources needed to enter the market and contribute to breaking the disability barrier.”
The company claims that design and development of their exoskeleton is complete, and are now entering into the specification phase where they they will define how it is expected to work for patients and how medical personnel can use it, and there are plans to publish a demonstration of their exoskeleton in action by the end of the year.