Robots distribute masks and sanitisers, share information to spread awareness on coronavirus

A pair of computer-programmed machines were roped in to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus in South Indian state of Kerala.

Of the pair of robots one distributes masks, sanitiser and napkins in a bid to check Covid-19 while the other screens details about the World Health Organisations campaign to contain the disease.

The robots were developed by Asimov Robotics which is a startup incubated at KSUM.

Asimov CEO Jayakrishnan T said a general public apathy towards preventive measures against the novel coronavirus has prompted the solutions-provider company to go for such a drive.

The use of robots in the campaign has invited public attention, also considering the propensity of the novel coronavirus to spread though human contact.

KSUM Chief Executive Officer Saji Gopinath said the institution was mulling over installing such robots in public places such as airports.

The 2006-founded KSUM is a nodal agency of the Kerala government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.