Robot eases loneliness of Mexican virus patients
It moves around on wheels and has a camera and display screen enabling relatives and doctors to chat with patients or staff in full protective gear in the coronavirus ward.
"It allows us to have a physical presence... but with zero exposure to aerosols within the Covid-19 area," said Lucia Ledesma, a neuropsychologist at the November 20 National Medical Center.
Since then, it has carried out around 160 missions with infected patients, their relatives and the mental health team.
It can even make soothing sounds to reduce the stress caused by isolation.
The bot has computer vision enabling it to recognize people and sensors to help it to move around.
"As (families) cannot enter, they see us and we see them, and that cheers us all up," the 55-year-old said from her hospital bed.