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Amrita alumni team develops robot to assist health workers during COVID-19

Team of Amrita alumni
A team of Amrita University alumni and their colleagues created a robot called 'Novus Care' to assist health workers.

Key Points

  • This robot is designed to deliver medicines, food, and sanitizers to hospital beds, reducing close contact between patients and healthcare staff, thereby lowering the risk of virus transmission.
  • Novus Care operates on four wheels, equipped with sensors and cameras, and can carry up to 100 kg of supplies. It follows a predefined route map within the hospital ward and distributes items based on computer instructions.
  • The robot has been successfully tested at the ITBP hospital in Delhi. 
10 April 2020
Main topic
Disaster Relief
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Disaster Relief Education Humanitarian Research

A team of Amrita Alumni & their colleagues have developed a robot to help health workers in their fight against coronavirus. The robot named ‘Novus Care’ will be used to distribute medicines, food and sanitizers to every hospital bed.

Rahul Krishnan, Jogesh S Nanda, Milan Michael & Rahul Ravindran, M.Tech. Robotics & Automation graduates from the School of Engineering of Amrita University at its Amritapuri(Kollam) Campus along with their colleague Muhammad Abdul Basith Ali were the team of engineers who have developed this robot.

The introduction of the robot will help in reducing the close interaction between the patients and health workers, thereby reducing the risk of virus spread. Novus care has already been successfully tested at the COVID-19 ward in ITBP hospital.

The robot, which will run on four wheels, has a lidar sensor and a camera attached to it. A stand with several compartments is fixed on top of the robot which will be able to carry a load of up to 100 kilos. A route map of the hospital ward will be prepared for the robot using the navigator facility. The robot will distribute medicine and other essentials as per the instructions given to it using a computer which will contain the details of all the patients. According to them, the test run was done at ITBP hospital in Delhi. Novus Care is manufactured by Hi-Tech Robotic Syztemz.

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