Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vampire robots

When I first heard there were vampire robots, I thought, "Great, another Twilight movie."

But, no, it's a real thing. Some company called Veebot is building machines to suck your blood.

It's for medical reasons, they say:
  • 20-25% of all venipuncture procedures fail to draw blood on the first stick.
  • Approximately 2 million needlestick injuries are reported every year. Meanwhile, 40-75% of needlestick injuries go unreported.
  • Mislabeled blood samples from venipuncture lead to about 170,000 adverse events in hospitals a year, ultimately costing hospitals $200-400 million annually.
The downside? Imagine what'll happen if a robot gets a taste for blood.

The upside? They don't sparkle.


  1. Hmmm... Robot vampires -> robot vampire dialogue:

    "Pleasant salutation of end of day light cycle. My name slot value is set to character string 'Count Dracula.'"

    "I do not take in or suck up [PauseDramaticVal_msec=3000] the alcoholic fermented juice of fresh grapes used as a beverage."

    "Engage auditory reciptors. Subject: Begotten offspring assocaiated with night cycle. Interjection: Subject generates acoustic effect so formed or combined as to find favor to the auditory reciptors."

    Nah... Although maybe "The Count" from Sesame Street could be so programmable...

  2. I am pretty sure this is how Skynet and whatever led to "The Matrix" got started.


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