IIM-K’s Robotic Arm to help Speedy Collection of Coronavirus Samples

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IIM-K’s Robotic Arm to help Speedy Collection of Coronavirus Samples

To provide safe and speedy collection of samples for testing a patient for coronavirus, a start-up incubated at Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode has developed a robotic arm.
The prototype are often remotely controlled for a safer sample collection process. The manual swab collection, which needs doctors to interact in physical contact, are going to be eliminated by this method. With a 180-degree rotation, the grip of the robotic arm is extendable up to at least one meter. The movement of the arm and its operations are often easily controlled with an android app through a physical glass barrier. The functional prototype has been designed and developed by an incubated startup ispAgro at IIM-K which focuses on drone and robotics technology. The start-up has been seed-funded by the collaborative initiative between IIMK LIVE, the business incubator and entrepreneurship development centre of the institute and Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL).

The achievement of the institute has also been lauded by the education minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'. On his official Twitter account, Pokhriyal wrote: “ IIM Kozhikode incubatee startup has developed #COVID Swab Collection Robot, #Coronawarrier that collects samples employing a robotic arm. Other features include android app mobile control, special soft grip feature for teenagers , etc. this might make testing safer & quicker,”


Avinash Rao, the founding father of ispAgro is additionally getting to upgrade the model by including a man-made intelligence-based operator to extend efficiency. the corporate intends to deploy the arm at primary healthcare centres to maximise testing needed to detect the spread of coronavirus. Moreover, the robotic arm are going to be further enhanced with the addition of a camera and infrared integration for better and faster sampling. The arm can also be updated with an automatic sanitation unit to make sure complete safety of the person whose sample is being collected. Emphasising on the importance of innovation, Debashis Chatterjee, director of IIM Kozhikode said: "The unprecedented crisis that the planet finds itself in can only be countered by rapid innovations backed by an indomitable spirit,” He further added, “Adapting to the emergent situation is additionally a key trait which will hold a start-up in good stead not just for its commercial success but also for its role in greater societal good.”