Dedicated to disinfecting parts, an ultra-violet-radiation robot was developed by Bahraini engineers. It eliminates up to 90% of microorganisms, including coronavirus, by attacking their DNA.
A robot capable of killing coronavirus and other microorganisms on surfaces via ultraviolet radiation has been developed in the Kingdom of Bahrain, gulf News reports.
Because its rays are powerful enough to destroy the coronavirus’s DNA, experts estimate that it can eliminate up to 90% of all microorganisms exposed to it for 30 minutes. This process is called ultraviolet germicide irradiation.
In addition, these machines were designed to speak 12 languages, measure body temperature, identify patients using facial recognition, and respond to staff voice commands.
However, humans must leave the room where UV cleaning takes place because their power can also damage human cells. This is why this robot works automatically during its tasks.
The device is currently being tested in an industrial environment before being put on sale.
This technology has been described as a “medical revolution” by Dr. Waleed Al Manea of Bahrain’s Ministry of Health:
“We started using robots in isolation and treatment facilities as part of the experimental phase and then used them in the health sector. This is certainly a new medical revolution and we want to check the benefits that patients and staff can get. This new technology will help doctors and nurses assess the effectiveness of robots and integrate them into their day-to-day work.”
This innovation is part of the series of robot cleaners operating with ultraviolet radiation to destroy different viruses. The machines are deployed in the United States, Denmark and China.
Robots during the pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in demand for hospital-sector robots for disinfection, patient reception, body temperature intake and other care.
A specific robot has been set up at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital. It allows relatives to visit the sick virtually. In Singapore, another type of machine ensures that social distance is respected in public spaces.