A group of lecturers from Hue University has presented a robot to Vietnam’s Thua Thien-Hue Province Military Command to help ease the workload and minimize cross-infection risks at a COVID-19 quarantine facility.
The robot HUET02, created by a group of lecturers at the university’s School of Engineering and Technology, was handed over on Wednesday to the military command, which is controlling the province's centralized isolation sites for COVID-19 patients.
HUET02 can perform such tasks as notice broadcasting, body temperature measurement, and essential item transport, thereby reducing people-to-people contact and minimizing cross-infection risks, said Dr. Nguyen Quang Lich, deputy dean of the school.
The robot, one meter high, is a three-tiered structure covered by a solid steel frame.
It can move flexibly on three wheels operated by an engine, to which a small speaker is fixed.
The robot’s upper part has a camera system for live transmission of recorded images to the control software. Next to the camera is an automatic body temperature meter.
The robot, manufactured at a cost of over VND20 million (US$880), can be operated by a control system or an app that can be downloaded to any smartphone, Dr. Lich said.
After making synchronization between their phones and the robot through the software, users can order the machine to perform its tasks including asking quarantined people to receive their food rations.
The robot can carry a load of up to 50 kilograms and perform remote communications at a distance of over 25 meters.
It will be used in daily delivery of foods to people at an isolation center which currently has a high risk of cross-infection, said Lieutenant Colonel Le Van Linh from the military command.
The research team is continuing to look into another robot model with other functions, such as measurement of blood oxygen levels and heart rates of COVID-19 patients, Dr. Lich said.
Since the pandemic erupted in Vietnam in early 2020, Vietnam has documented 473,530 coronavirus cases, including 11,868 deaths, equivalent to 2.5 percent, or 0.4 percentage points higher than the global mortality rate, the Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday evening.
Except Cao Bang, the coronavirus has so far spread to 62 of the country’s 63 cities and provinces, with Ho Chi Minh City topping the list with over 226,600 cases and 9,527 fatalities.
In Thua Thien-Hue, the numbers of infections and deaths have amounted to 659 and 10, respectively.