Singapore’s Solubots unveils self-cleansing disinfecting robots

The robot can either be controlled by an operator, or it can utilise its autonomous navigation mode for general disinfecting where it operates entirely on its own

In order to help the frontline healthcare workers and government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic better, Singapore-based startup Solubots unveiled today a self-cleansing disinfecting robot (SDR).

Solubots, a subsidiary of Solustar, said in a statement that SDRs can clean facilities while maintaining social distancing. The robot will be capable of cleaning areas the size of a hospital room in less than 30 minutes, it claims.

The machine shoots strong jets of disinfecting solution carrying either chlorine or hydrogen peroxide out of its nozzle to clean spaces.

SDRs can either be controlled by operators using a remote control device, or they can utilise their autonomous navigation mode for general disinfecting where they operate entirely on their own.

Still in the trial stage, the products will be distributed locally, as well as in the  Southeast Asia region.

Louis Loo, CEO of Solustar, believes that by utilising SDRs, the problem of human resources can be lessened while decreasing the dangers of being exposed to the virus.

“Our immediate priority is to work with hospitals, the government, commercial offices, public space operators, and other organisations to deploy the robot to make a difference in Singapore’s fight against COVID-19. SDRs can also be rolled out in trains, airports and hotel lobbies to safeguard the interest of our population,” he said.

Another local startup, SESTO Robotics, had also launched a dual-function autonomous mobile disinfectant robot, called the SESTO HealthGUARD, earlier this month.

Down south, in India, a Delhi-based startup PerSapien has developed Minus Corona UV Bot, an ultraviolet light-based robot, which enables sterilisation of hospital corridors, wards, ICUs and patient rooms without exposing anybody to the contaminated environment.

This machine comprises a UV-C lamp, mounted on a wheeled robotic platform, that is operated (front-back, left-right) with remote control. It is also equipped with a camera that gives the perspective from the driver’s seat onto a digital screen to remotely control the UV robot and avoid any obstacles.

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