Simon Ellison, Vice President of UVD Robots confirms that their machines are effective at fighting coronavirus – receives instructions and navigates a mock-hospital room, where it kills microbes with a zap of ultraviolet light – as they demonstrate it.
Truckloads of robots have been shipped to China, in particular Wuhan (where it has been helpful) as sales elsewhere in Asia, and Europe are also up.
The instruction for the robot in Chinese goes thus: “Please leave the room, close the door and start a disinfection.
Chief Executive Officer, Per Juul Nielsen says they had been growing the business at quite a high pace – but the coronavirus has kind of rocketed the demand.
Italy has recorded 14,681 coronavirus-cursed deaths with 119,827 cases – the country is showing a great demand for the robots. “They really are in a desperate situation. Of course, we want to help them.”
Now it takes a day to make one robot at their facility in Odense, Denmark, as they quicken production. Odense is Denmark’s third largest city and home to a growing robotic hub.
Though it hazardous to human – caution is imperative. The job is done in about ten to twenty minutes as humans wait outside.
The robot glows like light sabres, as eight bulbs emit concentrated UV-C ultraviolet light. This destroys bacteria, viruses and other harmful microbes by damaging their DNA and RNA, so they can’t multiply.
Prof Hans Jorn Kolmos of the University of Southern Denmark who helped developed the robot says there are a lot of problematic organisms that give rise to infection –
He informs further that if you apply a proper dose of ultraviolet light in a proper period of time, then you can be pretty sure that you get rid of organisms.
He adds: “This type of disinfection can also be applied to epidemic situations, like the one we experience right now, with coronavirus disease.