Robot built for Japan’s aging workforce finds COVID-19 role

Robot built for Japan's aging workforce finds COVID-19 role

Mira Robotics developed its “ugo” robot to reinforce greying Japan’s shrinking workforce, but the Japanese startup is offering its machine as a tool in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, the company’s CEO said.

“The coronavirus has created a need for robots because they can reduce direct contact between people,” Ken Matsui told Reuters at his company’s workshop in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. “We’ve had inquiries from overseas, including from Singapore and France.”

The latest feature of the remote-controlled robot is a hand attachment that uses UV light to kill viruses on door handles. Ugo’s height can be adjusted and it’s mounted on wheels.

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