Imagine walking into a room wearing an N95 mask, unsure whether the cleaning crew has thoroughly cleaned the next piece of sensitive equipment that you are planning to use. Suddenly, you notice a robot in the room. This robot is moving around you to disinfect the surfaces and the air all around you.
It introduces itself as Violet. You have the urge to shake its hand. Instead, it moves to turn its light away from you. You are not in a sci-fi movie. This robot disinfects the surfaces and the air that you breathe.
Conor McGinn, CEO, and Co-Founder of Akara Robotics says, “UV Light has been proven for many years to be effective in killing pathogens. It can be bacteria, fungus, or it can be a virus similar to the coronavirus. It works in both the air and on surfaces. So it’s more effective and more practical to use than traditional chemical disinfectants. Most chemical-based disinfectant methods don’t work well on air. UV technology offers a cleaner and more effective way to decontaminate a room thoroughly. UV light particles interact at a genetic level to interfere with the DNA of the microbe and stifling its ability to reproduce.”
Suddenly, your phone rings, and it’s your grandmother at the nursing home facility Face-timing you. She tells you that her robot, Stevie, just called you. But, you don’t believe it until she describes in detail how this robot helps to moderate her weekly Bingo game. You feel guilty that you haven’t visited her in two months, but she’s smiling and chatting away as if time hasn’t passed between your visits at all. She tells you that since they hired Stevie, she’s been winning at Bingo. She feels happier and more lively. She’s made new friends at the bingo game. Now, they sit together at the dining hall. Most of all, the Covid-19 pandemic is not at the forefront of her worries anymore.