The technology is still in its infancy, but its creators are already promising “miracle cures” for those with chronic conditions such as arthritis and depression.
One recent study found that using a robotic version of the human body was a powerful treatment for some of the most common and life-threatening forms of pain and inflammation, such as psoriasis, chronic back pain and migraines.
And now the company behind the robot, Autonomous Systems Research, says it’s working on a robot that can deliver pain relief using only the brain.
The company is using its robot, called BACO, to help treat pain in people with chronic pain.
“When we started out, we had no idea what it would become,” says J.D. Langer, the founder and CEO of AutonomousSystems.
Autonomous Systems has developed an “autonomous” version of its robot called BACP that can be used to treat pain from a variety of conditions.
Using BACP, Autos has helped thousands of people suffering from chronic pain and depression, including in California, Texas and New York.
In its most basic form, the robot uses the brain to sense the surrounding environment and deliver appropriate, pain-killing drugs based on the body’s anatomy and physiology.
Then, using a smartphone app, BACOs autonomously adjusts its pressure to target the pain, causing the robot to send a dose of morphine into the body.
BACO is a highly customizable robot, with options for a variety that include its ability to deliver a “breathing” dose of painkillers, a “snoring” dose or a “nausea” dose, or a range of different pain relief options.
The robot can also be programmed to send various other signals to control the painkiller delivery.
While BACOS’ capabilities are limited, Langer believes it can be a “game changer” in helping people with pain and their caregivers to manage their pain better.
“There’s no doubt that BACo is a game changer,” Langer says.
“There’s so many different ways that the technology can be useful, and we’re really excited about what BACoS can do for patients.”
In addition to pain relief, Autoscreens BACOM is also a “brain-to-machine” system that is designed to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions.
In addition to delivering pain relief through a phone app, AutOS also offers the ability to remotely monitor the health of the robot through an app.
Langer says that, over the past few years, BACP has become more than just a tool for treating pain.
It has also been able to help with a range.
For example, Autocos has been able, using its BACOA system, to improve the effectiveness of pain treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease.
“This is a very novel approach to pain management,” Lager says.
More broadly, Autocloud, which has also created a robotic model for MS patients, says that BACP can also help with pain management in a variety other medical conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis.
It’s been used to manage symptoms of PTSD and depression in some people, and it can also provide pain relief to people with other conditions.
For its part, AutoS is already working on another type of robotic model that uses the human brain to help manage chronic pain, as well as a system that can help treat arthritis.
The company is also working on software to allow doctors to remotely treat pain with their robotic arms, and to develop the “Brain to Body” technology that Autoscops BACOC is based on.
These types of technologies could help save lives, but some are skeptical of their use.
“I think they’re really, really expensive and invasive,” says Dr. Robert Lasker, a professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine and director of the NYU Neuro-oncology Research Center.
“That said, they have the potential to help many people who are suffering from some sort of chronic or neuropathic pain.
But I don’t think there’s enough evidence to recommend them.”
Some experts worry that these technologies will lead to overuse, rather than fewer, and say that the development of these systems has stalled.
For example, Laskers worries that robots might become more commonplace than doctors, and instead of treating chronic pain patients, they could be treating chronic conditions, like depression.
“I do think that the whole field of medicine has moved to the point where robots are not really needed, at least for the most part,” Laskor says.