An Egyptian scientist is currently testing a new robot that can check people if they are showing any COVID-19 symptoms as the country suffers from the second coronavirus wave.
Because of this, the inventor decided to develop a robot that can take patients' temperature and remind them to wear face masks while at a private hospital in the north of Cairo.
Mahmoud el-Kemy invented the robot called Cira-03 saying that it could help prevent further coronavirus transmission and limit the exposure to infection.
How the Egyptian Robot works
el-Kemy's invention has robotic arms, a human-like head, and a face. It can perform X-rays, echocardiograms, as well as display the results to patients through its chest screen.
Not only that, but it can also take blood tests of people.
"I tried to make the robot seem more human so that the patient doesn't fear it. So they don't feel like a box is walking in on them," said the Egyptian researcher via The New York Post.
"There has been a positive response from patients. They saw the robot and weren't afraid," he added.
The scientist claimed that the robot can be more trusted since it is more efficient and precise compared to humans.
The Cira-03 works by cupping the patients' chins and extending its arm with a swab into their mouth to check if they're infected with the novel coronavirus.
Abu Bakr El-Mihi, a private hospital's head, said that they are already using the new robot to test and take the temperature of those who are suspected to have COVID-19.
Singapore uses ABB robots to fight COVID-19
On the other hand, ABB robots are currently helping Singapore to fight the novel coronavirus. According to Robotics and Automation News, Singapore deployed ABB's high-precision robots in a new automated laboratory system called the Rapid Automated Volume Enhancer or RAVE.
This is part of the country's efforts to improve its nation-wide COVID-19 testing capabilities. Singapore's latest innovation was co-developed by the Agency for Science, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), Technology and Research's (A*STAR) Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC), and the Diagnostics Development (DxD) Hub.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.