These aren’t the droids you’re looking for… Tugs

As we sit here, waiting, praying, encouraging one another in the waiting room here at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center we smile and chuckle every so often at the medical droids passing through the hallway just off to the side that allows for foot traffic to the different areas of the hospital.


Tugs is a little medical droid that moves around the hospital, picking up and delivering lab results to and from various parts of the hospital. From what I’ve gathered through hours of observation, Tugs scans the floor for foot traffic, analyzing where obstructions are and navigating around them. I’m not quite sure if he uses lasers or infrared or optical analysis, but I have to say that I’m impressed – he hasn’t run into anyone or fall over yet.


3 thoughts on “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for… Tugs

  1. One of my former client sites had those. I think they use underground sensors or something.

    But I swear they will run you down if you don’t move out of the way. Won’t-hit-people-sensors-my-ass.

    They are creepy.

  2. They use lasers to sense objects in their path. They have never hit anyone, because once an object is detected they stop. The Spartanburg Hospital currently has 5 Tugs they use for pharmacy. There are no underground sensors or anything like that.

    They communicate via wiFi to a homebase in the Pharmacy.

    How do I know all of this? Am I really an ultra geek? No, I know this because my husband manages this site and the tugs.

  3. I didn’t mean to disrespect the Tugs.

    I’m sure the bots at the hospital will not turn on us, especially if your husband is watching over them.

    I am not so sure I trust the roaming bots at my former client site.

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