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Robots to help medical staff

  May 03, 2020

Robots to help medical staff

Why in the news?

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) deploys robots to help medical staff in the war against Coronavirus.

Robotics brand Milagrow said it is making efforts along with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to help contain the spread of the pandemic amongst doctors and healthcare workers.

What are the different types of Robots being deployed/tested?

Under this effort, its artificial intelligence-powered robots – Milagrow iMap 9 and Humanoid ELF – will be tested in the advanced Covid-19 ward at AIIMS,Delhi.

What is Milagrow iMap 9? 

  1. Manufactured in India, the Milagrow iMap 9 is a floor disinfecting robot that can navigate and sanitize the floors without any human intervention. 
  2. It can destroy Covid spores on floor surfaces using sodium hypochlorite solution, as recommended by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). 
  3. The robot moves around autonomously without falling, avoiding obstruction while planning its own path, guided by LIDAR (light detection and ranging) and advanced SLAM (simultaneous localisation and mapping) technology.
  4.  Milagrow’s patented 'real time terrain recognition technology' (RT2RT) scans at 360-degree, 6 times per second to make a floor map in real-time with an accuracy of up to 8mm over a 16m distance. 
  5. The robot can do zoning, virtual blocking of avoidable areas and sequential cleaning of zones based on specific needs.

What is Milagrow Humanoid ElF? 

  1. The Milagrow Humanoid ELF enables doctors to monitor and interact with contagious Covid-19 patients remotely with no person-to-person contact
  2. Bored patients in isolation wards can also interact with their relatives from time to time through this robot. 
  3. The Humanoid ELF can navigate around the ward independently and record the activities in high definition video and audio. 
  4. Offering 8 hours of battery life, it can travel about 2.9 km per hour, is 92 cms tall, has more than sixty sensors, one 3D and one HD camera, and a 10.1" display screen. 
  5. The advanced humanoid features eyes with Emotion, Open API (application programming interface) for further development and customization. Both the Milagrow iMap 9 and Humanoid ELF come with the auto charging feature.

Is India, first country to use AI-based Robots in the health sector?

NO, countries like the United States, China, and Italy have already successfully implemented AI-based robots at health facilities to minimize human intervention in treating COVID-19 patients.