COVID-19: CSIR Develops Robot to Help Healthcare Workers

A Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) lab Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) based in Durgapur has developed a robot to assist healthcare workers at the frontline of coronavirus pandemic management. The robotic device HCARD, short for Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device, will help healthcare workers in maintaining physical distance from those infected by coronavirus.

CSIR CMERI developed robot for assisting healthcare workers
Credit : CSIR CMERI

The robot will be controlled using a control room having features such as navigation, drawer activation for providing medicines and food to patients, sample collection and audio-visual communication.

Director of Prof. Harish Hirani, Director of CSIR-CMERI said “This Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device could be effective for frontline healthcare officials dealing with COVID-19 patients in delivering services while maintaining mandatory physical distancing”. He further informed that the cost of this robot is less than Rs 5 lakh and the weight is less than 80 kilograms.

CMERI scientists have also developed several other customized technologies such as Disinfection Walkway, Road Sanitizer Unit, Face Mask, Mechanical Ventilator, and Hospital Waste Management Facility.

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