The robot will automatically take a Covid-19 sample with a cotton swab. Thereby reducing the risk of infection for health workers.
Reuters said researchers from Southern Denmark University (SDU) and Lifeline Robotics hope that their “swab robot” prototype could soon be deployed so health workers can avoid the risk of virus infection. from the patient.
Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu, a professor specializing in robotics at SDU, explained that after the patient presented a citizen identification card, the robot would prepare a test kit and conduct the entire sampling process from start to finish.
It was Professor Thiusius who performed the test himself. He placed his face and chin on a plastic mold and opened his mouth wide so that the robot’s arm brought a cotton swab to take the fluid.
Robots powered by artificial intelligence (AI) will use a camera to find the right area of the throat of the person in question. Then, it is programmed to take gentle throat fluid.
“Robots can perform exactly repetitive processes with high accuracy and good quality of prototypes,” said Professor Thiusius.
Soeren Stig, CEO of Lifeline Robotics, said robots needed to be put into use soon because global demand for more testing and automation is needed to protect doctors on the front lines of the epidemic.