Medical personnel and facilities have been at the forefront at the battle against COVID-19 right from the beginning. They’ve been put under immense pressure and are doing their best despite any challenges in their way. The private sector has also been doing its bit to come to their aid, and recently, an Indian company called Milagrow HumanTech showed the world just how important their help can be. The company provided the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi with two robots - Milagrow iMap 9 and Humanoid ELF - which have now been deployed to the hospital's COVID-19 wards to help health workers. Scroll ahead to know more about these technological marvels.

What does the iMap 9 do?

The iMap 9 is essentially a cleaning robot that can operate without human intervention. It uses LIDAR sensors to effectively map its surroundings and increase efficiency. As recommended by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), it has been fitted with sodium hypochlorite solution to disinfect COVID-19 spores on the floor.

According to Milagrow, the iMap 9 comes with Real Time Terrain Recognition Technology (RT2RT), which scans at 360 degrees, 6 times per second, to make a floor map in real time with an accuracy of up to 8mm over a 16m distance. This enables the iMap 9 to perform successfully in the first attempt. Shop for Milagrow's range of robots on Tata CLiQ.

What is the Humanoid ELF?

The Humanoid ELF, as the name describes, features a humanoid design which helps doctors interact with patients remotely, without the need of actual contact. It comes with human and object detection technology, and can be set to follow health workers with hand gestures. The app can be used by the doctors to communicate through the ELF. Its array of more than 60 sensors, along with LIDAR and SLAM technology, make it quite efficient at navigating and operating autonomously.

Is This The Future Of Medicine?

The case for medical robots has been made for a while now. However, the current situation has made them highly relevant. A hospital in Jaipur is reportedly in talks with robotics companies for a robot that can deliver medicines and food to patients in isolation wards. In recent years, we’ve also seen the rise of telerobotic surgeries. If the current trend is anything to go by, our future healthcare experience might be far more dependent on our robotic friends than actual human contact.

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