Robot to help hospitals in breaking the chain : KARMI - Bot 

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Deployed at isolation ward, it can limit interaction between the patients and health workers 

  • KARMI-Bot, a robot deployed at the isolation ward for COVID-19 patients at the Government Medical College Hospital, Ernakulam, may soon find its way to hospitals across the country and even abroad.  
  • For, ASIMOV Robotics, a start-up based in Maker Village here, is on the verge of kick-starting its commercial production.   
  • The robot, developed by ASIMOV Robotics, with support from the Viswasanthi Foundation, was handed over to Ernakulam Collector at an event held at the start-up village complex in Kalamassery recently.  
  • Deployed at the hospital isolation ward, the robot performs a slew of activities from dispensing food and medicines and collection of trash left behind by patients to initiating a video call between doctors and patients. Besides, it can perform ultraviolet-based disinfection and also spray detergents at targets.  
  • Its main goal is to limit the interaction between patients and health workers, minimising the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, which are scarce in the country at present.  
  • The start-up is focusing on the healthcare sector and plans to bring out a robot specifically designed with therapeutic applications for deployment in intensive care units.  
  • KARMI-Bot, was developed within a month after consultations with medical college authorities. The robot, capable of carrying a payload of up to 25 kg, can operate up to 6-8 hours after a full charge lasting two hours.  
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