Robots Combating the Coronavirus and How They Can Be Used in the Future
These days, most of the world has ground to a halt. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of life, and the effects can be seen in vacant restaurants, movie theaters, and office buildings. As many people must practice social distancing and adjust to slower routines, the robotics industry propels forward with full steam.
Technical Task Masters
Robots are ideal candidates for taking on the mundane and dangerous tasks of life and are being developed to do so in everything from floor cleaning to driving. Now, during a time that is more dangerous for humans than ever, companies are sending their technology to assist on the front lines.
With the coronavirus and any large-scale outbreak of infection, containment and treatment are two main objectives. In the case of the coronavirus, the virus can remain airborne and active on contaminated surfaces for a given amount of time. For containment to be successful, human contact must be reduced and areas must be disinfected as much as possible. However, because there is a call for less person-to-person contact, high-priority tasks such as cleaning, testing of the sick, and treatment of those hospitalized become difficult. This is where robotic helpers come in.
Robots Combating the Coronavirus
In China, where the novel coronavirus first originated in December 2019, robots are playing crucial parts in fighting the virus. These robots are sterilizing areas, assisting with testing, and more. Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway has an autonomous cleaning robot navigating subway cars. It sprays a hydrogen peroxide disinfectant to reach spots difficult to clean by hand. Hong Kong has millions of residents, and regular deep cleanings like this are a pivotal need to keep the high-trafficked cars clean. Another robot is used to patrol hallways, ready to dispense hand sanitizer to people in need. Other robots have been developed to check a person’s temperature and provide immediate feedback, helping to identify those who may be sick.
Robots are not only being deployed in China. In Denmark, a robot is utilizing ultraviolet light pulses to destroy viruses and other microbes. The UV light effectively cleans large areas by damaging the DNA and RNA that pathogens need to multiply. Robots like this help by offering a swift remote cleaning option without the reliance on limited cleaning solutions.
Robots combating the coronavirus are also solving other daily challenges such as food preparation and delivery methods. Some kitchens in China have implemented robotic chefs that are tasked with cooking and dispensing rice. Other robots and drones are being used to deliver medical supplies and other goods for contactless delivery. All of these newly automated tasks are helping to minimize virus spread from person to person.
Shaping the Future
With robots combating the coronavirus right now, we look to the future of robotics and the monumental impacts technology can have on future pathogens and pandemics. As artificial intelligence continues to improve, robots will be able to successfully map and navigate more and more complex tasks. Autonomous robots could take over the hazardous tasks of preventing, screening, and diagnosing during pandemics.
For example, robots with more advanced thermal imaging could be used to provide swift and complete temperature screenings on large amounts of people. Others could be designed to monitor symptoms and provide care recommendations. Robots could also be utilized to do routine swab and blood tests. By handing these tasks off to robots, healthcare professionals could then focus on more intricate and acute problems, and human contact could be reduced in essential areas.
Joining the Battle
Discovery Robotics is 100% committed to doing everything possible to join the battle against COVID-19. We’re sparing no expense in fast-tracking the design, testing, and manufacturing of a disinfectant tool (D-Tool) that can be added to the FX250’s arsenal of interchangeable cleaning tools. Its autonomous cleaning mode and full coverage cleaning make the FX250 the safest, most productive way to clean very large floors, thus freeing human labor for more complex tasks like restrooms, countertops, and more. Learn more about the FX250 today. For questions or more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.