Scientists from MIT have come up with a UVC light-equipped robot to maintain shared areas free of coronavirus as well as other pathogens. The UVC light has the ability to disinfect surfaces as well as neutralize aerosolized virus particulates. However, it is dangerous when exposed to the humans.
The MIT’s CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) and AVA Robotics collaborated to create the robot which can travel past and disinfect the areas autonomously.
A UVC light fixture developed by CSAIL was added to the mobile robot base by AVA Robotics. The partners then deployed this prototype at GBFB (Greater Boston Food Bank.) The UVC light-equipped robot went pass the warehouse of GBFB at around 0.22miles/hour. It can cover around 4,000 sq feet in 30mins at this speed and neutralize about 90% of the coronavirus droplets on surfaces.
The scientists believe that this approach could help disinfect other regions autonomously such as restaurants, factories, schools and supermarket. The robot has the ability to map a given area and navigate between the waypoints and the other specified regions.
Notably, UVC light is at times utilized to sterilize the patient rooms as well as other medical settings. Presently, the MTA is testing the UV light as a means to disinfect buses and subways.