Tech company invents swab-testing robot
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. —