Coronavirus: Singapore tests a robot disinfecting large areas

by bold-lichterman

Scientists in Singapore have invented a disinfectant robot that mimics human gestures to help cleaning staff overwhelmed since the onset of the coronavirus crisis. The “XDBOT” is a rectangular box-shaped robot mounted on wheels and armed with an articulated arm that can be operated from a distance. It can reach hard-to-clean places, such as the space under beds or tables with great dexterity.

Designed by researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), a university in the Southeast Asian country, it is also equipped with a tube that can spray disinfectant quickly over large areas. The robot can be controlled remotely by computer or tablet, reducing the risk of staff becoming infected with the virus that has killed more than 140,000 people worldwide. ” By using our new remote robot, a human operator can precisely control the disinfection process (…) without any contact with the surfaces ”, says Chen I-Ming, an NTU scientist who led the project.

Stand out from other robots

This robot differs from other robots on the market mainly intended for cleaning floors and which cannot disinfect objects of various shapes. The XDBOT has been tested on a college campus and its designers want to try it out in public places and hospitals. Singapore is facing a second wave of Covid-19 infections, and reported Thursday a record increase in the number of contaminations in 24 hours, mainly occurring in overcrowded homes where foreign workers are housed, many in the city. -State.

The Ministry of Health on Thursday reported 728 new cases in 24 hours, the largest increase in a single day, bringing the total number of contaminations identified to 4,427, including 10 fatalities. From Thailand to Israel, via the United States, robots are increasingly used for a variety of tasks in order to fight against the coronavirus by preventing humans from contagion.