A team of researcher at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad has developed an affordable AI-based COVID-19 test kit, which may help administration to conduct rapid testing for quick result.
The testing kit has many features including low cost, easily transportable, and quick results. It takes as many as 20 minutes for giving results for both for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. In addition, the kit doesn’t does not require RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction).
The test kit has already been field-tested at ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Hyderabad to check its efficiency, a ANI report said.
Each test costs around Rs. 600 device now. However, mass production of the testing kit will help reduce the cost to around Rs. 350 per test.
The testing kit has been developed by a team led by Prof. Shiv Govind Singh, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad.
Responding to the development, Singh was quoted saying by the report, “The Research Team has the manpower and the capability required for mass production of this testing kit. We are now planning to raise funds from various Government and Private sources towards this end. This device is IIT Hyderabad’s small contribution to the Nation at the time of this crisis.”