7 April 2020, Bangkok – MQDC is supporting the innovation fund at Chulalongkorn University’s engineering faculty to assist the 'CU ROBO COVID' initiative by the faculty and Obodroid Corporation Limited to develop ‘Pinto’, a prototype Quarantine Delivery Robot to help overcome the COVID-19 outbreak.
MQDC has contributed THB2 million to Chulalongkorn University’s Engineering Innovation Fund. The funding will help develop medical assistant robots that protect teams in hospitals from infection during the COVID-19 outbreak. The project has also developed 'telepresence' communications to use with Pinto robots.
The system is already installed at the patient screening point at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. Installations are underway at hospitals across the country to protect medical staff from infection and enhance safety for patients.
"In a situation where we are all facing a common crisis, MQDC is pleased to contribute as part of helping to ease the burden on medical personnel,” said Mr. Visit Malaisirirat, CEO of MQDC.
“The robot serves as an assistant to help patients and support everyone in performing their duties as smoothly as possible. I would like to thank medical personnel for their dedication in doing their jobs bravely, tirelessly daring to face challenges over the last several months."
Dr. Mahisorn Wongphati, Chief Technology Officer of Obodroid and CEO of HG Robotics, another partner in the initiative, said the project aims to produce robots for hospitals around the country by May. The budget for each robot and its associated communication system is about THB50,000–70,000.
He added that 'Pinto' is a relatively small robot. It can move around bedbound patients and is easy to disinfect, so germs cannot accumulate, helping doctors and nurses deal with the crisis.
The robot is completely independent. The all-in-one system requires no additional tools or structures. Doctors and nurses can use it immediately. The robot lets them look after patients from a distance without needing to get close.
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