The new Thunderbirds-style robot medic. See SWNS story SWSCrobot. A new Thunderbirds-style robot medic could save lives in places too dangerous for human doctors to operate. The remote control robotic vehicle uses virtual reality to enable medics to check a casualty’s temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and even give injections - without putting their lives at risk. The "game-changing" technology has potential to save lives in "high-risk" emergency environments - such as humanitarian disasters and war zones, say the University of Sheffield team who developed it. Using medical telexistence (MediTel) technology, researchers from the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Sheffield Robotics and Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, created the mobile, robotic-controlled uncrewed ground vehicle (UGV).