To help fight the coronavirus outbreak, hospitals in Thailand are deploying “ninja robots”. They were initially built to monitor stroke patients but have been repurposed to fight the deadly pandemic.
The robots, who get their name from their matte black exterior, allow doctors and nurses to speak to patients over a video link. This helps keep down the risk of infection for medical personal. They were built by a team of engineers at Chulalongkorn University.
“They can stand outside the room and communicate with patients inside through the robot,” said Viboon Sangveraphunsiri of Chulalongkorn University.
Ninja Robots Working in Bangkok
The “ninja” robots are currently working at four hospitals around Bangkok. The engineers are working to build more units with plans to design the new units to also deliver food and medicine. They could also be eventually used to disinfect hospital rooms.
Thailand has more than 250 confirmed COVID-19 with at least one death. To help prevent new cases, the government has ordered the closure of bars, massage parlors, and entertainment venues. They are also requiring all travelers – both Thai and foreign – to obtain a health certificate for entry.