A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) partnered up with Ava Robotics and the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to design a germ-killing robot that disinfects surfaces and neutralizes aerosolized forms of COVID-19.
In a post-COVID-19 world, the fear of transmitting potentially deadly germs is still at the forefront of our minds. Yet with these valid concerns comes innovation – case in point, touchless technology. With more hygiene-conscious consumers than ever, there has been a surge in touchless technology and an interest in self-lifting and self-cleaning toilets.
Doctors at the University of Michigan discovered an antibody-drug that could significantly reduce the chance of death of COVID-19 patients who are on a ventilator, according to the MIT Technology Review. Given the grim statistics, that more than half of COVID-19 patients will die on a ventilator, this drug could be a vital turning point for those fighting for their lives.
When COVID-19 hit and there was a shortage of face masks worldwide, researchers at the BioProducts Institute at the University of British Columbia took the initiative to design their own N95 mask. Not only can it be entirely sourced in Canada and made from Canadian trees, but it could potentially be “the world’s first fully compostable and biodegradable medical mask.”
When Coronavirus hit, the amazing capabilities of electroceutical fabrics came to mind for Chandan Sen, a surgeon, and director of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering at Indiana University. This powerful electroceutical wound healing dressing is capable of dismantling bacterial and fungal infections and incapacitating viruses, such as COVID-19.
Coronavirus has impacted not only humanity and the economy, but Mother Nature as well. During the peak of COVID-19 and lockdowns worldwide, carbon dioxide emissions fell to their lowest level since 2006, according to a new study. This change occurred at the beginning of April when regions responsible for 89% of global emissions were under some form of a lockdown or restrictive measures.
To prevent the transmission of coronavirus, SK Telecom (SKT) and Omron Electronics Korea partnered up to develop a self-driving disinfecting robot that autonomously monitors activities – from contactless temperature checks, ensuring that face masks are worn to dispensing hand sanitizer. It even sets off an alarm if someone is suspected of carrying COVID-19.
When coronavirus hit the Philippines and lockdown measures began to take effect, food distribution was in major jeopardy. Farmers’ market routes were cut off and some were even restricted from going into their fields to pick crops. Truck drivers also had to stay at home. This meant that tons of edible food had to be dumped or rotted away and that many families could go hungry.
A mall in Bangkok, Thailand installed foot pedals to replace elevator buttons in an effort to stop the spread of Coronavirus and to restore a sense of normalcy while encouraging shopping. The change took place at Bangkok’s Seacon Square where customers’ reactions were positive but were also met with surprise and some confusion.
This is Zipline, a tech company that has designed aircraft engineered drones that are autonomously piloted to deliver lifesaving products safely, reliably, and daily across multiple countries. Currently, Zipline is helping to combat Coronavirus in hard-to-reach, rural areas within Ghana and Rwanda by delivering test samples, blood, vaccines, and other vital medical supplies.