Engineer builds robot that takes Covid-19 test samples, gives advice

Engineer builds robot that takes Covid-19 test samples, gives advice

- An Egyptian engineer, Mahmoud El Komy, has built a robot that takes Covid-19 test samples from suspected carriers of the virus

- The robot can also detect a face that is not wearing a mask and give out healthcare advise accordingly

- According to the engineer, building the robot took him a whole month, adding that it can carry out various tasks targetted at defeating the virus

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Mahmoud El Komy, an Egyptian engineer, has contributed greatly towards the fight against coronavirus as he created a robot that can take Covid-19 test samples from people suspected to have the virus.

Praised as a great development in containing the virus and stopping the accidental spread of it to health workers, it takes swabs from patients’ mouths, Face2Face Africa reports.

Briefly.co.za learned at the Egyptian engineer invested a whole month’s work to build the robot. Equipped with a temperature sensor, the machine can also detect faces that are without a mask. It has a teaching capacity as it dishes out healthcare advice to people.

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A collage of the robot and coronavirus. Photo source: Face2Face Africa/NewScientist

A collage of the robot and coronavirus. Photo source: Face2Face Africa/NewScientist
Source: UGC

“The robot has customized tasks for dealing with coronavirus. It has a mission, including detecting suspected Covid cases, whether in public places, malls, banks, or airports. He can measure a person’s temperature and if he detects that a person has a fever, he sounds an alarm,” El Komy said.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that in a concentrated effort against novel coronavirus, Rwanda acquired five humanoid robots aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients.

The high-tech robots were launched at the Kanyinya Covid-19 Treatment Centre by the country's Ministry of Health on Tuesday, May 19, as Rwanda took a fast leap ahead of its sister African countries in the battle against the ravaging pandemic.

In other news, China is using self-driving vans called Hercules to deliver foods and disinfect streets.

The vans have been doing the delivery and sanitization works for the past two months in 16 communities in Zibo, the eastern part of China.

Hercules makes use of lidars, cameras, and complex algorithms to get itself from one place to the other. It has the capacity to carry a cargo of up to 1,000 kilograms in its compartment.

The developer of the vehicle, UDI, has also been engaging a small fleet of the vans in other places like Suzhow and Shenzhen.

They are especially used to deliver meal boxes to workers and disinfect areas near hospitals. It should be noted that all the self-autonomous vehicles have made 2,500 trips.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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