AIIMS, Delhi deploys AI-based Robots to clean coronavirus wards

Milagrow, India's leading consumer robotics manufacturer, will test AI-powered iMap 9 robots and Humanoid ELF at AIIMS Delhi's Covid-19 wards. The ward will be sanitised by these robots. The iMap 9 is a floor-disinfecting robot manufactured in India that can traverse and sanitize floors without any human intervention.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 22, 2020 12:10 IST

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AI-Powered iMap 9 robots

Countries such as the US, Italy, and China have already successfully deployed AI-based robots at health facilities to reduce human interference in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, and India should replicate the same to provide some relief to its frontline healthcare staff in their fight against coronavirus, "said Rajeev Karwal, Milagrow's Founder Chairman.

Company sources said the robots would use a sodium hypochlorite solution to kill COVID-19 spores on floor surfaces, as suggested by ICMR. The robot, directed by LIDAR and advanced SLAM technology, moves autonomously without dropping, avoiding obstruction while planning its own path. Milagrow's proprietary Real-Time Terrain Recognition Technology (RT2RT) scans at 3600, 6 times per second to render a real-time floor map with a precision of up to 8 mm over a distance of 16 m. This helps the iMap 9 to perform successfully in the first attempt, while other robots can take twice or three times. In addition, the robot can do zoning, virtual blocking of areas that can be prevented, and sequential cleaning of areas based on different needs.

The Milagrow Humanoid ELF allows clinicians to track and communicate remotely with infectious COVID-19 patients with no person-to-person contact, thereby greatly reducing the risk of transmission. With this robot, lonely patients in isolation wards may even regularly communicate with their relatives. The Humanoid ELF will independently move around the ward and record the events in video and audio in high definition. Offering 8 hours of battery life, it can fly approximately 2.9 km per hour, is 92 cm tall, has more than 60 sensors, one 3D and one HD camera, and a 10.1-inch display.

The advanced humanoid features the eyes for further development and customisation with Emotion, Open API. The Milagrow iMap 9 and Humanoid ELF both come with the functionality of auto charging.

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