Thai hospitals are deploying “ninja robots” to measure fevers and protect the health of overburdened medical workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak.
First built to monitor recovering stroke patients, the machines have been quickly repurposed to help fight the disease, which has so far killed nearly 9,000 people around the world.
They have helped staff at four hospitals in and around Bangkok to reduce their risk of infection by allowing doctors and nurses to speak to patients over a video link.
They can stand outside the room and communicate with patients inside through the robot, an engineer from Chulalongkorn University stated.
Later models will be designed to bring food and medicine to patients and could also eventually be used to disinfect hospital wards.
His engineering team is racing to build more “ninjas” – known as such because of their matte black exterior — for another 10 hospitals around the country.