A government-run Industrial Training Institute in Cuttack, Odisha has developed two robots- named COBOT and NIGABOT- to minimize the risk of infection for doctors and other frontline health workers, who are dealing with Covid-19 positive patients, by significantly reducing human interaction at Covid-19 hospitals.

COBOT or the Corona Combat Robot is a service robot used in hospitals to carry food, water, and medicines to the patients. Using the bot reduces the risks to doctors, nurses, and health workers who are attending the patients. The NIGABOT, equipped with an interactive device for video calling, can be used for surveillance and teleconsultation by a doctor to interact with patients from a safe distance. Both robots have been mounted on wheeled mobile platforms for easy movement.

“The COBOT has a humanoid structure and can carry materials up to 20kg. it can be used in Covid-19 hospitals to essential daily items that require multiple daily interactions. Using it will cut down the risk that all attendants and nurses undertake while treating Covid-19 patients. The NIGABOT does the same for doctors by reducing the need for face-to-face interactions without compromising on patient care. This innovation will also help in reducing the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and minimize the risk of infection for health workers.”

– Sakyasingha Mahapatra, founder of Sak Robotix.

Both the robots have been developed at a cost of around Rs 2.5 Lakhs each. The infrastructure of the institute’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Laboratory was used for creating these robots while Sak Robtix, the only robot technology lab under Startup Odisha, provided technological support. The achievement of the institute has also been appreciated by the Odisha Chief Minister’s office.

“There were lots of challenges and unprecedented times for everyone during this COVID-19 lockdown period. So we discussed how to utilize the facilities of the Govt ITI and the technical knowledge of Sak Robotyx to develop a solution to fight COVID-19. This is how the collaboration happened. We are the technology partner for this intiative and we are looking forward to developing more such products together.”, said Sakyasingha.