Prototype of the Service Robot developed at NIT Jalandhar to fight COVID-19 outbreak
In an effort to help people of the Nation in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Lalit Kumar Awasthi, Director, National Institute of Technology Jalandhar (NITJ) appealed to all faculty, staff and students of the Institute to contribute to the country in the time of need. Several thousand cases have now been reported and thousands of people have lost their lives. The suspected cases are advised for isolation or quarantine in lonely places. Due to highly communicable nature of disease, relatives and medical staff avoid to go close to the patients. It is difficult to deliver medicine and food to the patient regularly.
In view of the above a porotype model has been developed as a Service Robot by Dr Kuldeep Singh Nagla, Department of Instrumentation and control engineering. The robot will deliver food, medicine and other materials very easily. The wheeled mobile robot will be tele-operated/Tele-presence type robot which can be operated through touch screen/joy- stick or mobile phone also (weight of the robot around 35kg, speed 0-6km/hr, power required 24v DC, control wire based, range 60meter, load carrying capacity 15kg).
A tray fitted inside can carry food and others required items deliver to the patient. Back side of the robot is also fitted with dustbin to carry out the garbage from the patient side. Doctor on another side may communicate with patient or patient will also be able to speak to the doctors or other staff of the isolation ward.