The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) is planning to leverage robots to perform basic tasks like monitoring COVID-19 patients and disinfecting and sanitizing rooms. The objective is to discourage human intervention except for the emergency situation amidst COVID-19 where social distancing is one of the key preventive measures.
As per a TOI report, AIIMS Delhi and Jhajjar are planning to use robots at their Covid-19 facilities to minimize human infection.
Consumer robotics firm Milagrow, which has supplied the two robots for the Covid-19 facility set up at AIIMS Trauma Centre, said the first robot, Humanoid ELF, is designed to look like a human being. Milagrow founder chairman Rajeev Karwal told the daily, “This robot has a 3D camera that can record and transmit video from the isolation ward. This will help in routine surveillance. The doctors can also interact with patients via the robot.”
“It is a floor disinfecting robot that can navigate and sanitise the floors without human intervention. Additionally, the robot can do zoning, virtual blocking of avoidable areas and sequential cleaning of zones based on specific needs,” he elaborated further.
When asked about the development, AIIMS officials confirmed stating that these robots will be put to the test at the hospital.