According to a Cornell news release, Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is working on an advanced robot dog, code-named Butch, that will simulate doggy medical emergencies for veterinarians in training. The dog is part of an overall plan for a simulation center with robot cats and dogs that will be the most advanced training center of its kind in the world. More on the new robot dog from the news release:
[Dan Fletcher] is now building a more advanced model code-named “Butch.” Butch will run with inexpensive, off-the-shelf electronic components and sports a more realistic airway, a soft abdomen compartment, articulating joints, more areas for catheters, more space inside the body and a more realistic overall feel.
The new-and-improved robot dog will also integrate with a new veterinary simulation tookit called Ursula (the Universal Realistic Simulation of a Living Animal) that will be open source and shared with other veterinary institutions. Ursula will simulate physiological responses for a variety of animals and will integrate with inexpensive hardware. For more see also the Chronical Online article, the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine news release and the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing news release.