UV disinfection is one of the few areas where autonomous robots can be immediately and uniquely helpful during the COVID pandemic. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough of these robots to fulfill demand right now, and although companies are working hard to build them, it takes a substantial amount of time to develop the hardware, software, operational knowledge, and integration experience required to make a robotic disinfection system work in a hospital.

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Conor McGinn, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Trinity College in Dublin and co-leader of the Robotics and Innovation Lab (RAIL), pulled together a small team of hardware and software engineers who’ve managed to get a UV disinfection robot into hospital testing, resulting in the company spin-off Akara Robotics.

Meet Violet, an ultraviolet light robot, which is clinically proven to kill viruses, bacteria, and harmful germs.