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.
The impressive robot can disinfect 4,000 square feet of warehouse space in just 30 minutes. This is due to its custom UV-C light fixture, designed at CSAIL, that is integrated with Ava Robotics’ mobile robot base. This powerful autonomous UV-C disinfection can also be used in factories, restaurants, and supermarkets – and it doesn’t require any human supervision.
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CSAIL points out that UV-C light has been proven to be effective at killing viruses and bacteria on surfaces and aerosols, yet it’s unsafe for human exposure. During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions are out of work, and food banks are greatly needed, but in order to maintain them, employees need to be protected from exposure.