MIT-Designed Robot Can Disinfect Large Spaces in 30 Minutes
A newly created robot has the ability to disinfect a 4,000 square foot warehouse in only 30 minutes.
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) worked with Ava Robotics to develop a robot that uses a custom UV-C light to disinfect surfaces and neutralize aerosolized forms of the viruses and bacteria.
MIT reports that the robot kills upwards of 90% of all germs on surfaces and can neutralize some germs in the air as well.
The team believes their robot could be used in supermarkets, hospitals, warehouses, and even schools across the country.
The UV-C light can be harmful to humans, but the robotic sterilization would take place at night while no one is present.
There is an extremely high demand for disinfection services right now around the world and the team said that they are exploring what multi-robot solutions may look like in the future.