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LG launches disinfection robot for COVID-19 containment

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The world’s leading electronic brand, LG has introduced a new disinfection robot for high traffic places schools, and offices. The robot comes equipped with ultraviolet- lamps on its sides. The UV-C has an emission wavelength between 100 to 280nm which is very effective in killing germs.

A national research institute, Korea Conformity Laboratories has confirmed that the UV-C lamp on the robot is effective in 99.9% effective in killing bacteria coliform and staphylococcus aureus from within a meter radius. Apart from School and offices, the robot can be deployed in hotels, hospitals, and other places where there are many separated and independent spaces.

The robot does not yet have an official name, is supposed to use artificial intelligence to easily move around tables, chairs, and other furniture, and can irradiate a room’s touchable surfaces within 15 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the space. 

Set to ship in early 2021, the robot is 160cm tall and comes with autonomous driving technology so it can move through obstacles. It was designed to disinfect objects and areas that are reachable by hands, a spokesperson from LG added. However, LG will be announcing more details about the robot in January as part of its presentation at CES 2021, which will be held exclusively online this year. 

In addition to this, LG began trials for its in-door robot delivery service at its headquarters in Seoul. Employees can order food from the convenience store via their KakaoTalk chat app and have a robot deliver it to them. 

As a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic taking its toll on several courtiers bringing back the need to maintain precautionary measures ranging from the use of masks, and physical distancing. Even, South Korea is seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases this month. In this situation, the LG’s robot can be highly useful to fight the deadly virus.

The company is also developing an alternative version that sprays disinfectants instead of having a UV-C lamp. This version will be more suitable for places with more open areas such as offices, restaurants, and transportation stations, LG said.

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