Korean tech giant LG Electronics has introduced a new disinfection robot in South Korea aimed at helping to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. As you may be aware, a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through several countries bringing back the need to maintain precautionary measures ranging from use of nosemasks, physical distancing and other such measures.
In order to help check the spread of the virus, LG has launched a dfisinfection robot that is equipped with ultraviolet-C (UV-C) lamps on its sides. LG says the UV-C lamp features an emission wavelength between 100 to 280nm that is effective in killing germs. The company also disclosed that research by the Korea Conformity Laboratories, a national research institute shows that the UV-C lamp on the robot is 99.9% effective in killing bacteria coliform and staphylococcus aureus from within a metre radius.
In terms of the build, LG’s disinfecting robot is 160cm tall and comes with autonomous driving technology so it can wade through obstacles. It was designed to disinfect objects and areas that are reachable by hands. The company plans to deploy them in places such as hotels, hospitals, and schools which contained many separated and independent spaces.
The robots will help to alleviate health workers’ workloads at a time when disinfection is more important than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said.
LG is equally developing an alternative version that sprays disinfectants instead of having UV-C lamp. This version will be more suitable for places with more open areas such as offices, restaurants, and transportation stations, the company hinted.
The Korean tech giant is expected to officially display the disinfecting robot at the 2020 Korea Electronics Show in COEX from December 9 to 12.
China was able to contain the novel Coronavirus outbreak with robots playing a big role. Robots ranging from disinfection robots, nursing robots, consultation robots, to transport robots were deployed to fight the disease, in order to prevent the spread.