Since the onset of the pandemic, it's been proven that the best prevention against COVID-19 is to follow basic hygiene habits. And it was precisely for the purpose of safe and effective disinfection that the Danes deployed their UVD robots to fight the coronavirus. But don't be fooled. If the word robot gives you the association of a walking tin puppet with a spray and a rag in its hand, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised. These robots kill viruses and bacteria using ultraviolet radiation, and countries around the world are interested in them.
If up to this point you were somehow convinced that the robotics industry was completely useless and that the rapid development of artificial intelligence would likely lead to the robot uprising as predicted by Karel Čapek some years ago, you were wrong. We guarantee you'll like these robots. Their job is not to steal your job or fetch you the TV remote. These UVD robots are firstly and foremostly fighting against our current biggest enemy - the coronavirus. The use of robotics in the current pandemic seems to be the perfect idea.
"We are helping to solve one of the biggest problems of our time. We prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria with the aid a life-saving robot,"
said Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics.
Thanks to the ultraviolet light it emits, the robot can destroy all airborne viruses and bacteria in a room. It also helps to protect hospital staff who would otherwise be at risk of infection.
The future of healthcare?
The robot moves autonomously around patients' rooms or operating rooms. It needs less than a quarter of an hour to deal with the virus. In ten minutes, it can kill up to 99.9 % of viruses and bacteria in one room. It is therefore not surprising that the demand for these helpers is huge. After several thousand UVD robots were sent to China, other countries are also expressing interest.
"A UVD robot is safe, reliable and eliminates human errors. In addition, it is designed to be operated by cleaning staff,"
explain the manufacturers.
For safety reasons, however, the robot works completely alone and automatically switches off its UV light when someone enters the room. Fully charged, it can operate for almost six hours, moving at a speed of about five kilometers per hour. The Danish company is able to produce one of these robotic helpers in less than a day. Its price is around 70 thousand dollars, which is a little under two million crowns.
"Robots can us support us not only in the healthcare environment, but also in the development, testing or production of vaccines and medicines,"
said the director of the company.
Whether artificial intelligence will contribute to the development of the coronavirus vaccine in any way is still in the stars. Here in the Czech Republic, we have to stick with what we know at the moment: frequent hand washing, wearing face masks and keeping a distance of two meters from others.