Cody Zhang’s company, YouIbot, raced to develop virus-fighting robotic equipment in two weeks.
(Credit...Jupiter Lau for The New York Times )
Mr. Zhang, whose robot start-up in Shenzhen is called YouIbot, and his engineers built an antivirus robot over a frenzied two weeks. As it rolls along the floor, six ultraviolet light bars sanitize the surface, and its infrared camera can scan patients and other people in public for fevers.
Shenzhen officials jumped in to help get the robot certified, Mr. Zhang said. Companies making “epidemic prevention” products are placed in a priority line for regulatory approval. In mid-March, a senior city official made a high-profile visit to the offices of YouIbot and other start-ups with ambitions to make outbreak-related products, and spoke to city cleaners in a media campaign to emphasize how the city is getting back to work.
Image : An employee at YouIbot demonstrating the temperature monitor function of the company’s antivirus robot
The effort helped shorten YouIBot’s ability to deliver a robot to one month from three for the subway system in the adjacent city of Guangzhou, said Keyman Guan, YouIbot’s marketing director.
“It happened in just a blink,” Mr. Guan said.
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Title : China Pushes to Churn Out Coronovirus Gear, Yet Struggles to Police it
A robot developed in Shenzhen, China, to fight the virus. ( Credit...Jupiter Lau for The New York Times )
Origin : Online platform from "The New York Times"
Articles : By Alexandra Stevenson and Tiffany May
Published : March 2020
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