An American soldier is hit by enemy fire in Iraq. A Humvee speeds him to a field hospital outside the combat area. He looks up groggily to see a robot peering down at him.
''How ya doing, soldier?'' asks the robot. Its face is a TV monitor displaying the image of an expert trauma surgeon sitting at a laptop in the Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, 11,200 miles away. The robot sends the soldier's image and voice to the distant doctor.
Under the guidance of the Ryder surgeon, doctors and nurses in the distant field hospital tend the soldier's wounds.
The robot doesn't touch the patient, but it lets the doctor from afar see and hear the patient and the on-site doctors, and lets them see and hear the distant doctor, carrying on a conversation.
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