In 4.6 minutes flat, weighing 30kg, Vanora can disinfect a standard room of 14ft by 10ft from Coronavirus . Built by 42-year old Krishnan Nambiar, and his team based out of Mangaluru, Vanora uses a combination of manual and artificial intelligence to deliver Ultra Violet (UV- C) medical sanitation.
Decked with a camera and maneuverability of 360 degree, the robot can be controlled by a single person’s operation, its creator Krishnan Nambiar said. The UV-C light mounted on the robot can kill a cell structure of coronavirus based on how much energy can be delivered in a particular time. “The increase in light leads to decrease in time. So to kill pandemic such as coronavirus we need to balance it,” he said.
By large, the joystick controlled robot can be made to navigate through different design and structure of the hospital. However to ensure fail-proof performance, the designers have embedded sensors that can override manual control in case of operator errors. “Suppose, the controller erroneously directs machine towards the wall, the sensors will detect the imminent crash and stop its movement. The operator can understand that there is a technical issue and can retrace the robot’s movement,” he said.
Eventually, Krishnan and his team plan on upgrading Vanora to a fully autonomous system; however given the lockdown, the team faced issues concerning mobilization, logistics, and capturing investor attention to facilitate the advanced model. Ever since lockdown, Nambiar, an architect, who has also completed his double master in Robotics, (Scotland and England), said that he has found himself stuck in his native Kanhangad in Kerala.
Although since 2015, Krishnan has his firm Vanora Robots setup in the Mangaluru city, he has not even been able to visit it for the last leg of fabrication. The team now split between Karnataka and Kerala, and are coordinating their activities by series of webinars and other communication tools. “Even for finalization of material, we had to wait for the partial-lift of restriction on Karnataka-Kerala border so that materials to be used can be checked and processed into the robot,” Krishnan said.
With 7-year warranty, one of the robot’s prototype is already operational in of the district hospitals of Kasargod in Kerala, he creators said. Recently a soft launch of the robot was held at Tejaswini hospital in Mangaluru. Asked on the estimate cost of the robot, Krishnan said that he would be not in a position to disclose it. “For the prototype we had used the limited resources that we had, so the pricing maybe different . However, depending on the future orders, technology and material demanded by the hospitals or orders ; the price may vary,” he said.