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Mexican developers created a robot to diagnose COVID-19

The coronavirus make that science fiction world in which humans and humanoid robots naturally share and interact a reality.

A team of Mexican developers built a humanoid robot that helps diagnose possible cases of COVID-19. The robot is equipped with a thermometer, an oximeter, and visual computing and machine learning technologies.

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Roomie, a firm of Mexican engineers, with the support of technology companies such as Intel and Amazon, seeks to demonstrate that this reality is not foreign to the country and for this, they developed a robot capable of helping in the diagnosis of a coronavirus case.

“The pandemic showed us that humanoid robotics has enormous potential because it can solve many of the problems of social distancing,” said Aldo Luevano, CEO of Roomie IT Services, in an interview. “It’s not just about robots like Roomiebot Covid-19, think about robots that help disinfect spaces such as hospitals or workplaces, deliver packages, or support information without human contact, minimizing risk.”

The founder of the firm, who has been working in Mexico for six years in the development of humanoid robots for assistance in sectors such as tourism, retail or banks explained that the pandemic allowed them to create a robot that would help public and private medical institutions to attend to possible cases of patients with coronavirus.

According to the firm’s CEO, after the research and development phase, Roomiebot COVID-19s are expected to begin supporting medical personnel at clinics and hospitals in the next three weeks.

“The plan is to create a robot that has a positive impact on society right now,” said Luevano. Although somewhat similar to other robots from the firm, Roomiebot Covid-19 is equipped with specific technologies to detect possible cases of coronavirus and was developed in conjunction with two infectious diseases.

The coronavirus not only digitized the entire world, but it will also make that science fiction world in which humans and humanoid robots naturally share and interact a reality.

By Juan Paulo Pérez-Tejada

I've studied Linguistics at the National School of Anthropology and History. I'm interested in NLP and Full-stack web development.

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