Staff at the Mantra on Fort Street in Victoria take pride in their sumptuous lunch buffet. With different vegetarian and nonvegetarian curries offered every day, regular customers can look forward to a variety of dining options. Mantra on Fort Street also has a mechanical device that delivers drinks, cutlery, and other goodies to diners. It's a creation of GreenCo Robots, an Edmonton-based company headed by engineer Liang Yu. In a phone interview with the Straight, he said that about 30 of his firm's robots are in use across Canada.
The Covid-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down. Since last year, the pandemic has induced changes that have both positively and negatively impacted the global economy. We are witnessing how healthcare providers and frontline workers are striving consistently to make the situation better for all of us. Disinfecting spaces are really important to stop the pandemic from spreading. Doing this manually might take a lot of time and it might be dangerous considering the highly infectious nature of this virus. The accelerated adoption of technology in recent years has made the development of robotics and artificial intelligence possible.
Hong Kong International Airport has started trialling a disinfection booth which it claims is able to kill all microbes, including coronavirus, in 40 seconds. The airport is the first place in the world to use the CLeanTech sanitation pods which are currently being utilised by key workers such as public health staff. The interior surface of the cubicle is coated with an antimicrobial material which kills any viruses and bacteria and bacteria on humans, it is claimed. The airport describes the facility as'a full-body disinfection channel facility'. Individuals have their temperature checked before entering in order to spot a fever, a key warning sign of COVID-19.
The market for professional service robots reached a turnover of 6.7 billion U.S. dollars worldwide (sample method) – up 12% in 2020. At the same time, turnover of new consumer service robots grew 16% to 4.4 billion U.S. dollars. This is according to World Robotics 2021 – Service Robots report, presented by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). "Service robots continued on a successful path proving the tremendous market potential worldwide," says IFR President Milton Guerry. "Sales of professional service robots rose an impressive 41% to 131,800 units in 2020."
East Japan Railway Co. unveiled Monday autonomous disinfection and mobility robots at its recently opened high-tech station in Tokyo, as it aims to introduce them by March 2025. The cleaning robot, which was developed by Nippon Signal Co. and Cyberdyne Inc., sanitizes handrails, benches and other parts of Takanawa Gateway Station by spraying disinfectant. The artificial-intelligence equipped robot, Clinabo CL02, uses three-dimensional cameras and sensors to avoid obstacles. JR East said it is considering using the robot and other disinfection robots to be introduced later to sanitize the inside of train cars in the future. In another demonstration, a robot that looks like a Yamanote Line train car served coffee in a conference room at the station. Other robots that carry luggage, food and drinks, as well as personal mobility vehicles for transporting people inside and around the station are also being operated on a trial basis as part of a project showcasing the area around the new station.