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Efforts have been taken by the government to tackle the spread of coronavirus. We can see applications to track the spread of COVID19, a COVID19 test kit, a COVID19 vaccine, and the most recent, robot to help the official to ward off the new coronavirus.
We all know that physical contact during the COVID19 pandemic is considered to be dangerous as it increases the risk of the new coronavirus contamination. Therefore, minimizing physical contact is necessary. Robots were created to minimize physical contact between COVID19 patients and medical workers.
The following robots were created by Indonesian and it meant to help the doctors and medical workers in treating COVID19 patients. So, how are these robots like? Read the details below.
Violeta we talked about here is not a girl’s name. Violeta is an UltraViolet robot developed by ITS and UNAIR, with a collaboration work with UNAIR Hospital. Violeta, as the name implies, is a robot that functions to sterilize the treatment room for COVID19 patients.
The idea came from an ITS lecturer research regarding the use of ultraviolet light to eliminate or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. Ultraviolet rays are very dangerous and can harm human skin. Therefore, Violeta was born in the hopes that humans do not need to be exposed to ultraviolet light when sterilizing the COVID19 treatment room.
Raisa we all know maybe a famous beautiful singer with a sweet voice. However, Raisa we described here is used for handling COVID19 and she is a robot, her name comes from the ITS-UNAIR Robot Medical Assistant.
Raisa is a collaboration work between ITS and UNAIR. Raisa is a robot assigned to serve the daily needs of COVID19 patients. We are very saddened by the number of health workers who got tested positive of the COVID19 virus while serving patients. In fact, without health care, who would take care of the patients?
Therefore, Raisa is expected to replace medical workers in treating COVID19 patients. Raisa can deliver food, clothes, medicines. Even so, it doesn’t mean that with Raisa, the nurse didn’t come to check. The nurse will still check the condition of the COVID19 patient, it’s just that the intensity will decrease because the less urgent work is replaced by Raisa.
As of May 8, 2020, ITS and UNAIR as the developer of Raisa, launched a new generation of the robot. The new generation of Raisa was added by several important features as she will be assigned to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and High Care Unit (HCU).
The new generation of Raisa robot who is assigned at the ICU is equipped with a high-resolution camera to observe and monitor the patient’s vital condition because generally, the patient at the ICU is unconscious. While patients in HCU are still conscious so that patients can interact with robots. Raisa robots in the HCU equipped with some new features include heart rate sensors, infusion, and oxygen saturation.
ITTS (Telkom Institute of Technology Surabaya), created a floor cleaning robot named Ivana. Now, cleaning the isolation room for COVID19 patients can be done by robots. Thereby, minimizing the contact between the health workers and the COVID19 patients.
Ivana is an advanced version of the service robot — Rose. Unlike Rose, Ivana is controlled remotely and the control system is made automatic. Apart from cleaning and sterilizing the room, Ivana can deliver food.
FT UNESA (Faculty of Engineering, State University of Surabaya) succeeded in making a robot that he said was suitable for use during the new normal. The robot is called Kece and is a collaboration between lecturers, students, and alumni from FT UNESA.
The Kece Robot by UNESA has functions to deliver food, medical equipment, sterilize rooms, and become a disinfectant spraying drone. Thus, the Kece robot can assist medical workers in treating COVID19 patients.
The robot is equipped with video-based communication to support the work of medical workers remotely. In this way, COVID19 patients can communicate with medical workers through the Kece robot.
The robot can help medical workers in treating COVID19 patients remotely, minimizing contact with the COVID19 patients, and finally is hoped to reduce the number of medical workers who got tested positive with the new coronavirus due to treating the COVID19 patients.
Hopefully, in the future, there are a lot more inventions and innovations done by the Indonesian young talent to help the government in handling the COVID19 pandemic in Indonesia.
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