New medical robot performs COVID-19 nose swab tests

It helps keep healthcare workers safe from exposure

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The new COVID-19 testing bot comes from the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM). It braces itself against the patient’s face much like a contraption found at the eye doctor. With the patient in place, a technician controls the robot from another room or from behind a barrier.

Hospital Automation

Although it might seem futuristic, this is far from the first instance of robots being used in the medical setting. In fact, the nose swabbing robot is just the latest in a long line of bots designed to help hospitals run more efficiently and safely. During the COVID-19 pandemic in particular, people have been looking for new ways to keep staff members safe by using robots.

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