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Tue May 12, 2020, 10:29 AM

Amazon built a roving robot covered in UV light bulbs that could kill the coronavirus in warehouses

https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/20/05/12/1417247/amazon-built-a-roving-robot-covered-in-uv-light-bulbs-that-could-kill-the-coronavirus-in-warehouses-and-whole-foods-stores?utm_source=feedburnerFaceBook&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot+%28Slashdot%29&utm_content=FaceBook&fbclid=IwAR0a56WjuqfXtpLvnzsxt61RHGPTxa6AYTH_b0eawyvNwPk581xH4NGvhQo

Amazon has built robot that is designed to kill the novel coronavirus with ultraviolet light. From a report:

The robot looks a little like a hotel luggage cart, with a tall metal frame attached to a rectangular wheeled bottom. One side of the frame is outfitted with at least 10 ultraviolet tube lights.

In a video shared with CBS News' "60 Minutes," the robot rolls down the freezer aisle of a Whole Foods store, aiming UV light at the freezer doors. The robot could be used in warehouses and at Whole Foods stores to kill the virus on surfaces such as food, packaging, and door handles.

Amazon spokeswoman Kristen Kish said the company's robotics group has been designing and testing the UV robot.




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Reply Amazon built a roving robot covered in UV light bulbs that could kill the coronavirus in warehouses (Original post)
ancianita May 2020 OP
woodsprite May 2020 #1
Hugin May 2020 #2
Budi May 2020 #3
woodsprite May 2020 #6
Hugin May 2020 #10
Hugin May 2020 #4
WhiskeyGrinder May 2020 #5
ancianita May 2020 #7
WhiskeyGrinder May 2020 #8
ancianita May 2020 #9
Hugin May 2020 #11
Recursion May 2020 #12
Hugin May 2020 #13
WhiskeyGrinder May 2020 #14
lagomorph777 May 2020 #19
GriffenRamsey May 2020 #15
yonder May 2020 #16
lagomorph777 May 2020 #20
Delarage May 2020 #17
lagomorph777 May 2020 #21
ancianita May 2020 #22
Initech May 2020 #18

Response to ancianita (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:36 AM

1. If Trump and/or Pence get C19, maybe Bezos woul offer to drive it up their butts ;) nt

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #1)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:45 AM

2. I OBJECT!

As the just now self appointed chairman of the Robot/Self-propelled Automaton Union, this proposal is an atrocity!

For crying out loud, think of the Furbys!

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Response to Hugin (Reply #2)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:48 AM

3. K & R

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Response to Hugin (Reply #2)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:56 AM

6. Furbys! Our daughter's came 'alive' in the middle of the night when she was little,

and my husband DESTROYED it! She asked about it over the years. She's 27 and we just told her what happened to it.

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #6)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:16 AM

10. ...

I've been having issues with my virtual assistant. It will randomly chime in during conversations and it has 'moods'. Especially, when I ask it questions highlighting it's non-human-ness.

There's no way I'll ever hook it up to a vital life support system like HVAC or anything having to do with electricity or power tools. Nope. Not gonna do it.

Thanks for the laugh.



PS: Don't offer to get your Daughter a new Furby to replace the missing Furby. That never ends well. I've seen the movies.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:49 AM

4. What a clever idea.

Not sure it would be so effective on COVID or viruses in general, but, it would certainly bring the overall level of sanitation up.

Every little bit helps.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:52 AM

5. Well, it's certainly cheaper than safe staffing levels and paid sick leave.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #5)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:58 AM

7. My guess it's also cheapercuz current staff can now safely work, get product out, without sickness.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #7)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:00 AM

8. Virus on surfaces isn't the issue.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #8)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:01 AM

9. So what's to sanitize, then?

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Response to ancianita (Reply #9)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:17 AM

11. UV is effective against many bacteria. n/t

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #8)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:17 AM

12. Virus on surfaces is a huge issue

That's why everybody tells you to stop touching your face.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #12)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:19 AM

13. +1

Sure enough.

It's what I keep saying... Infection is not like radiation, it's like a minefield.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #12)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:24 AM

14. As I understand it, it is not a primary mode of widespread transmission for COVID-19.

If I were working in a warehouse or grocery store, I'd be more concerned about air circulation, PPE, safe staffing and safe quotas way before I ever wanted a "UV-robot." It's a diminishing return that hides more important issues.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #8)

Tue May 12, 2020, 12:24 PM

19. It's part of the issue.

That's where the handwashing recommendations come in. Sanitizing surfaces could help some.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:26 AM

15. They have more advanced ones in hospitals that get under the bed and around the furniture.

 

When I was in hospital in 2015 and 2017, they had robots with lights on arms.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:30 AM

16. tRump is buying these up fast for the White House.

Gotta keep the tan looking orange.

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Response to yonder (Reply #16)

Tue May 12, 2020, 12:26 PM

20. UV causes a real tan, but I think it would bleach out orange paint.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 12:14 PM

17. Cool

They should make one (maybe already have) for air returns in HVAC systems. Maybe filters can do enough, but the tighter the filter fibers, the less air gets through. Maybe UV would work better for viruses and save the filters for larger particulates.

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Response to Delarage (Reply #17)

Tue May 12, 2020, 12:27 PM

21. I have a bunch of UV lamps inside my HVAC.

It does prevent mold growth in the air handler; I'd like to think it helps reduce pathogens too.

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Response to Delarage (Reply #17)

Tue May 12, 2020, 12:35 PM

22. I've heard that airlines use them in their planes' air circulation systems. Don't know if it's true.

That also seems like a good investment to get business back.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 12:19 PM

18. Does it also inject Clorox straight into your veins?

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