Robo­cabs at the ready

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A tourist has spo­ken of how he was rushed to hos­pi­tal in agony while stay­ing at a beach re­sort in Ras Al Khaimah. War­ren Ste­wart (right) from Lich­field in the UK, was suf­fer­ing “ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain” and was taken to RAK Hos­pi­tal, where he was found to have a rup­tured bowel and un­di­ag­nosed tu­mour in his colon. He said he “wouldn’t have been alive” had he not been rushed to the hos­pi­tal and re­ceived treat­ment. Ste­wart said: “We came on hol­i­day for a week but un­for­tu­nately I never got to ex­pe­ri­ence the hol­i­day. “But I prob­a­bly wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for the hos­pi­tal. I have a lot to be grate­ful for and a lot of mem­o­ries, some very painful.” An emer­gency la­paro­scopic surgery was per­formed on Ste­wart and the tu­mour was re­moved. The sur­geon who per­formed the surgery said that it is cru­cial for men, es­pe­cially aged 40 and above, to re­ceive reg­u­lar colono­scopies to pro­tect against bow­el­re­lated dis­eases. Dr Anup Pan­i­grahi, se­nior spe­cial­ist, said: “We found a per­fo­ra­tion in his bowel – that is, the colon had a hole in it. This is dan­ger­ous if left un­treated, since the con­tents of the bowel can leak out, caus­ing in­flam­ma­tion, in­fec­tion and even ab­scesses in the ab­domen. “But thanks to our trained med­i­cal staff and tech­no­log­i­cal re­sources, we were able to han­dle the emer­gency com­pe­tently.” Ste­wart re­cov­ered within 72 hours and is now back in the UK. Vis­i­tors to the re­gion’s largest trade hub, no longer need to hike around the sprawl­ing World Trade Cen­tre site. Now all they need do is hail a Tax­i­bot. The new ro­bot taxi de­vel­oped by Digi Ro­bot­ics will soon be seen zoom­ing vis­i­tors around the 60,000 sqm area, fol­low­ing an agree­ment signed be­tween DWTC and the UAE-based ro­bot­ics com­pany. The driver­less ve­hi­cles, cost­ing about Dhs500,000, are op­er­ated by the pas­sen­ger us­ing a touch-screen that con­trols its in­built nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem. “Us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of sen­sors, cam­eras and 3D laser scan­ners it is able to read its sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” said Bi­lal Al Hat­tab, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Digi Ro­bot­ics.

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