Robot disinfector, protecting from COVID-19

Robotic disinfection

COVID-19 has impacted every sector of life; because we are always having chance of being surrounded by those deadly proteins of coronavirus. Specially, in shared workplaces there is a high chance of contagion to be spread. It is therefore its became necessary to disinfect the people and premises where we are working on daily basis. COVID-19 bacteria are having different period of life on various surfaces. But to higher extent these can be cleaned by the process of disinfection. In pursuance to bring more efficiency and automation to this disinfecting process, team of researchers at MIT has found a new way to keep shared spaces free of coronavirus and pathogens. A new self-directed robot disinfector equipped with UVC light is able to disinfect and clean 90% of the coronavirus elements.

Duo of Ava Robotics and scientist of MIT’s Computer Science and AI Lab invented this robot. It is having the potential to disinfect and neutralize coronavirus elements. However its exposure can be dangerous to both Humans and Animals, it is therefore they have designed some regulations and guidelines to operate the robot with necessary precautions.

1st test case for the Robot disinfector

Initially this prototype was designated to conduct its disinfection process at the Greater Boston Food Bank’s warehouse. Robot became successful to maintain the speed of 0.22 miles per hour and it took hardly 30 minutes to disinfect the whole warehouse.

Video courtesy: MIT News

The warehouse has been covered with the area of 4000 square meters. And that robot has potentially disinfected 90% of the COVID-19 elements, claimed by the researchers.

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By observing all the results of these successfully conducted test, the researches of this project has a strong believe that this robot has the potential to completely disinfect the places like restaurants, schools, factories etc with such an ease and time efficient manner.

The AI Technology installed on this robot makes it able to map a given space and then move around the area flawlessly.

Project lead Alyssa Pierson mentioned that, “our team is intensely working to reduce the human management to monitor the robot and to protect everyone from COVID-19’s impact by deploying remote operation technologies on the robot

We are working further on its advancement, as we have driven it first in the warehouse of food bank. Now we are making it intelligent enough, so that it can sense the environment of the area.

The technology will make it able to provide proper dosage of disinfectant as per requirement.

To overcome some identified challenges the scientists are continuously working on the enhancement of the robot. So that it can get ready to be used in public.

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Story by: Talha Ali Hashmi

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