Bring out the robots

The BFD. COVID-19 robot.

Given, the extremely contagious nature of COVID-19, it is very hard to directly attend to patients and potential cases without protective clothing. With this in mind, researchers at the Tsinghua University in China claim to have created a robot that can aid doctors in such scenarios.

This ‘coronavirus robot’, the machine contains a mobile robotic arm that can perform a wide array of tasks including taking ultrasounds tests and mouth swabs and listening to sounds made by a patient’s organs. More often that not, many of these tasks are require human effort and supervision. However, one of the key advantages offered by the new robot is that it can be remotely controlled. This allows doctors to supervise the robot’s work from a safe distance without endangering their own health.

Envisioned by Professor Zheng Gangtie at Tsinghua University when Wuhan first went into Lockdown around the turn of the Lunar New Year, the robot contains a mechanized arm founded upon the same technology that is used on space stations and lunar explorers today. Zheng’s team originally intended the robot to be fully automated but was advised against it by doctors who claimed that personal attention by doctors can contribute to the recovery of the affected. […]

It costs around $72,000 to make this robot. Zheng does not plan on commercializing the design of the robot but is looking forward to companies that are willing to do so.


Launder the cash

The BFD. Virus free money

With the coronavirus pandemic claiming hundreds more lives every day, one startup tech company has invented a clever way to tackle the problem feared to be helping the disease’s spread: ATMs dispensing the virus along with cash.
Istanbul-based company Money Shower has created a disinfection module for ATMs that removes bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19, from paper money before it gets into people’s hands.

With the average banknote carrying thousands of types of bacteria and viruses, countries sometimes take the drastic step of collecting cash, destroying it and printing fresh notes in a bid to combat the spread of disease.

The Turkish company’s technology can provide a solution to this problem, using ultraviolet light to zap pathogens on money that’s sitting in ATMs, before people get a chance to accidentally pick them up.

“The module we developed makes all ATMs hygienic and environmentally friendly in 15 minutes,” Money Shower Co-Founder Furkan Erucan told Anadolu Agency.



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