Tech com­pany in­vents swab-test­ing ro­bot

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Seek­ing to im­prove the un­com­fort­able process of get­ting a Covid-19 test, a Sin­ga­pore com­pany has de­vel­oped an au­to­mated swab-test­ing ro­bot called a SwabBot.

Pa­tients place their nos­trils onto two dis­pos­able plas­tic nose­pieces con­tain­ing an ex­tend­able swab stick to col­lect sam­ples from the nasal pas­sage­way.

The process is self-ac­ti­vated by push­ing the chin against the ma­chine and sen­sors re­tract the swab stick if it en­coun­ters any bar­rier.

“It’s a lit­tle bit tick­lish but that’s nor­mal ... it’s a very soft, gen­tle form of tick­lish, so it doesn’t hurt at all,” said Leo Lim of Biobot Sur­gi­cal, which de­vel­oped the SwabBot with the Na­tional Can­cer Cen­tre Sin­ga­pore.

The ma­chine is cleaned, main­tained and re­fit­ted with swab sticks by hu­mans, but the rest of the 20-sec­ond process is au­to­mated. —

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