As humans remain under high risk of catching the deadly coronavirus from one another, many hotels have hired robots to do their job. By Tanvi Jain  

 

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One such example is the Westin Houston Medical Center in Houston, Texas, that has gone way beyond just vacuum cleaners, and has instead deployed robots to sanitise rooms and common areas. It’s the first hotel to use LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots; and now as many as 400 hospitals use the same technology.  

The robots reportedly use xenon ultraviolet light pulses, to kill bacteria and fungi, and are also capable of minimising environmental infection from 50 to 100 per cent. The Texas Medical Centre has purchased two such robots from San Antonio based firm Xenex Disinfection Services. Weighing 150-pounds, these robots reportedly, cost USD 1 Lakh each. 

 

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Earlier this month in Wuhan, a field hospital had opened with a staff of 14 robots, at the city’s Hongshan Sports Center. These robots supplied by Beijing-based robotics company CloudMindswere designed to not just clean and disinfect, but to also deliver medicine to patients and measure their temperature. 

Even in India, a Kochi based startup Asimov Roboticsrecently installed human robots or humanoids in its complex, which not only offered masks and sanitisers to visitors, but also briefed them about coronavirus. The company has also reportedly developed three-wheeled robots to supply food, and medicines to patients in the isolated wards. 

 

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Similarly, Jaipur based Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Government Hospital, is also conducting trials on humanoid robots, to check if they can deliver food and medicines, to the patients admitted in the isolation ward. Moreover, as a part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, the company manufacturing these robots has offered to supply them to the hospitals for free. 

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