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Low-cost Delivery and Telepresence Robot for COVID-19 Crisis

Version 1 : Received: 30 March 2021 / Approved: 31 March 2021 / Online: 31 March 2021 (16:04:54 CEST)

How to cite: Jumlongkul, A. Low-cost Delivery and Telepresence Robot for COVID-19 Crisis. Preprints 2021, 2021030782 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0782.v1). Jumlongkul, A. Low-cost Delivery and Telepresence Robot for COVID-19 Crisis. Preprints 2021, 2021030782 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0782.v1).

Abstract

Purpose: The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has created the need for social distancing between medical staff and patients, therefore, healthcare robotics is increasingly important as regards infectious control. The purpose of this study was to design and fabricate a remote controlled transport robot that could provide an optimum technology base for developing countries, having dual functions of telepresence and delivery operations inside or outside buildings, is easy to assemble and also easily able to be cleaned using standard chemical agents.Methods: This machine was designed and fabricated to incorporate two main functions; delivery and telepresence. The robot consists of a base frame, DC motors for driving and steering systems, actuator motor for driving wheel elevation, Wi-Fi AP/Repeater, network camera, and a necessary a back-up power system.Results: This robot can be used both indoors and outdoors. It can carry loads of more than 80 kg. The machine can cross obstacles greater than 3 cm. It can be cleaned by disinfectant agents. An actuator motor can lift the driving wheels above the surface to prevent gear damage. Conclusion: This article demonstrates the concept of a healthcare telepresence and delivery robot that can provide distancing during the present COVID-19 crisis, using optimum technology for low and middle-income countries. In the future, the researcher should consider development of the delivery controls, combined with the telepresence system using the internet of things, to improve the navigation system, the manipulator system for supporting multi-floor transportation, and also other multi-functional purposes.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; delivery robot; healthcare robot; telepresence robot; Smart hospital

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