With the whole world trying to find a quick response to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been multiple breakthroughs which have helped the cause immensely. Recently, an engineer and deputy director, Mohamed Baloola, alongside Ajman University’s Innovation Center has invented a robot which could make virus detection much easier.
A major problem currently being faced is nurses and doctors being exposed to the virus themselves and falling ill. Baloola has managed to find a way to reduce the infection rate and the worry healthcare workers face of contracting the virus during tests. The robot essentially can help detect the virus with the use of its in-built sensors which can detect fever, heart rate, body temperature etc., which help understand whether the patient may have the coronavirus. The results through the sensors are quite accurate due to it being equipped with contactless temperature sensors and heat vision thermal sensors as well.
The robot is controlled remotely, and can test issues such as a difficulty in breathing with its smart sensors from nearly 2 meters away. This could be a great tool used in places where you may usually find a wide array of people coming in either for testing in medical facilities, or even in public areas where people can be tested without the stress of putting healthcare workers in the frontline anymore.
The Artificial Intelligence system present in the robot also helps smoothen out the process of being tested, with the computer system being able to recognize users through their voice with the voice assessment system and an obstacle avoidance feature installed to stop the robot from bumping in and potentially harming the patients.
The robot also practices safe social distancing itself, sounding off an alarm if a patient gets closer than required, which makes for safer testing not just for the health care professionals but also the patients. A lot of measures have been taken to make the test taking exercise by the robot not a jarring experience for the customer and to ensure trust so that more and more people feel comfortable using it to be tested for symptoms before any kits are used for testing whether the patient has COVID-19. This invention could potentially be a game changer, and if it works as promised, many more of these could be manufactured and placed in public places and hospitals to ensure a speedier testing facility with less harm or risk to anyone involved.