Context: A 23-year old Thane engineer, Pratik Tirodkar has made a first-of-its-kind 'Internet-controlled' robot specifically to address the needs of hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

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  • The idea was to develop a robot which would cut away the requirement of physical contact of nurses and ward boys with the patient. 
  • This is the first anywhere in the world that the internet of things technique is being deployed in the medical field. 

About the Coro-Bot:

  • It delivers food, water and medicines to Corona patients in the hospitals without necessity of physical presence of nurses and other care-givers. 
  • It can interact with them by using a camera. 
  • Patients are cautioned through audio reminders to sanitise their hands before they pick up things from trays. The robot has 3 trays which can store various things. 
  • 'Coro-bot' not only allows sanitisation by users but it also sanitises itself to avoid spreading of viruses through touching of its surfaces.
  • A special app has been developed to operate this robot from any location in the world based on the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Impressed by its performance at one hospital around two dozen hospitals in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) have ordered for the 'Coro-bot', which Pratik’s company PNT Solutions hopes to deliver within a month.  

Internet of Things:

  • The Internet of things is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines.
  • They are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
  • The definition of the Internet of things has evolved due to the convergence of multiple technologies, real-time analytics, machine learning, commodity sensors, and embedded systems.
  • Traditional fields of embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, control systems, automation (including home and building automation), and others all contribute to enabling the Internet of things. 
  • In the consumer market, IoT technology is most synonymous with products pertaining to the concept of the "smart home", 
    • covering devices and appliances (such as lighting fixtures, thermostats, home security systems and cameras, and other home appliances) that support one or more common ecosystems, and 
    • That can be controlled via devices associated with that ecosystem, such as smartphones and smart speakers.

Source; wikipedia


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