A team of Amrita Alumni and their colleagues has developed a robot to help health workers in their fight against the novel coronavirus. The robot named ‘Novus Care’ will be used to distribute medicine, food and sanitizers to every hospital bed.
Rahul Krishnan, Jogesh S Nanda, Milan Michael and Rahul Ravindran, M.Tech. Robotics and Automation graduates from the School of Engineering of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, along with their colleague Muhammad Abdul Basith Ali, were the team of engineers who have developed this robot.
The introduction of the robot will help in reducing the close interaction between the patients and health workers, thereby reducing the risk of virus spread. Novus care has already been successfully tested at the COVID-19 ward in ITBP hospital.
The robot, which will run on four wheels, has a lidar sensor and a camera attached to it. A stand with several compartments is fixed on top of the robot which will be able to carry a load of up to 100 kg. A route map of the hospital ward will be prepared for the robot using the navigator facility. The robot will distribute medicine and other essentials as per the instructions given to it using a computer which will contain the details of all the patients. According to them, the test run was done at ITBP hospital in Delhi. Novus Care is manufactured by Hi-Tech Robotic Syztemz.