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UBTECH’s mobile disinfectant robot hits the market

ADIBOT-A Launches Across United States To Meet Demand For Self-Contained Cleansing Diets

UBTECH Robotics has launched a mobile disinfectant robot that emits ultraviolet rays to eradicate germs from indoor environments. The launch was announced at CES 2022, where it was selected as the winner of the Innovation Award.

The ADIBOT-A robot builds on last year’s debut of UBTECH’s ADIBOT stationary disinfectant robot. It is launched immediately across the United States to meet the demand for self-contained cleaning regimes that save labor at potentially lower cost. UBTECH says that in some use cases, the robot can cost as little as $ 15 per month, depending on the scale.

“The stationary device that we launched last year was aimed at addressing a segment of the market where full autonomy was not necessarily required,” said John Rhee, general manager of the North American division of UBTECH. “The reasons we have moved into a fully stand-alone version is that we are also finding that there are a lot of shortages and bandwidth used by the people who perform these tasks, and that they can focus on other important tasks while [the mobile robot] takes the disinfection tasks out of the daily workload.

Getting ADIBOT-A to understand ground movement involved incorporating lidar sensors at the top and bottom of the unit. Lidar, an acronym for light sensing and ranging, is an eye-safe method of detecting laser beams that create a 3D representation of the environment under study. The technology is used to determine the varying distance between an object and a sensor.

The ADIBOT-A is also integrated with several depth sensors. With AI algorithms, hardware can create a 3D diagram of the entire cleaning space.

The cleaning team has two options: they can either choose to fine-tune the routine, using a bird’s-eye map of the room on the smartphone app to determine where the robot needs to emit ultraviolet rays, or they can ” press the stand-alone program.

The deadly properties of ultraviolet rays emerged over a century ago when sunlight was found to stop the growth of bacteria in test tubes. Shortwave ultraviolet frequencies known as UVC are usually deployed because they are the most harmful to germs.

“It’s important to note that UVC as a disinfectant is a measurable thing,” Rhee told IoT World Today, “Basically you are measuring how much energy is absorbed by the surface that is absorbed by the surface or whatever. whether in particles in the air, for example, the amount of UVC energy absorbed will determine whether the pathogen is inactivated or not.

“So the fully autonomous function allows the robot to enter very closed spaces and spaces, and to use minimal disinfectant or UVC time to meet UVC energy goals of [inactivating the pathogen]”said Rhee.

This is not a market that has simply opened up due to COVID-19. Rhee says the demand stems from the need for safer alternatives to chemical disinfection, although the damage has intensified due to applications that take place daily or more frequently during the pandemic.

“Commonly used chemical disinfectants have toxicity issues,” Rhee said. “Classrooms, for example, have been sprayed with chemicals more daily than ever in history. And it’s very likely that the kids sitting in those classrooms were exposed to more chemical disinfectants and irritants than they likely ever were, without the pandemic. “

An incredible number of Americans die each year from infections in medical facilities. These infections kill some 99,000 patients in the United States, suggested Rhee, and inadequate disinfection is a major cause.

UBTECH has spent the past three years perfecting its robotic platform and now has its eye on other health issues.

Amid predicted demographic change due to the country’s aging population – Rhee says 20% of Americans will be over 65 by 2030 – he’s launching new robots to help deal with the anticipated shortage of nurses .

UBTECH product pipeline

UBTECH’s Wassi Walking Assistant is a robotic platform with preloaded therapy programs for immobile patients. Automated software can help patients practice common training exercises, such as rolling one of their legs or pushing the platform handle as a resistance-building program. Integrated sensors under the headrest allow the robot to move around unaided and detect any obstacle in the room.

Wassi is expected to launch in the third trimester alongside a self-contained wheelchair that swivels more freely than manual products and can also be used outdoors.

The model presented at IoT World Today has a manual operating joystick as well as full autonomy. Rhee admits the latter could be a challenge for some users, but pointed to the track record of UBTECH Robotics, the company having deployed 10,000 robots in what it calls “dynamic” mobile environments.

“People have different levels of comfort when it comes to adopting new technology,” he said.

“[For example,] it’s someone who jumps in a Tesla for the first time and decides if they’re actually going to activate autonomous driving on a freeway. So our approach has been to make sure that the healthcare provider as well as the person using the product gets used to it.

“We will have to test it and ultimately it is our responsibility to make sure that the wheelchair in the indoor and outdoor environment – not that it is going to move on the road, but for the environments of a hospital. , a campus or a retirement home, “Rhee added.” But it’s up to us to make sure the technology is good enough. “