iCandy: Robots--Medical, Musical, Manservants

Automatons do chores, play tunes, and talk among themselves

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Willie Jones covers transportation for IEEE Spectrum, and the history of technology for The Institute.

Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters
Someday, patients may not need to have blood drawn at a doctors’ office to find out what ails them. Alberto Bilenca, a researcher at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel, has developed a system whereby a red laser pointer aimed at a person’s finger can detect malaria parasites in his or her blood. A cellphone’s display shows the telltale image.

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