Oliver Mitchell, Autonomy Ventures
Reporting from New York, America’s novel COVID-19 hotspot, provides little comfort. In between moments of quiet anxiety, there are bright spots – family time, personal reflection, and Gov. Cuomo’s daily briefings. As a robot enthusiast, I have some advice for our state’s Winston Churchill – deploy robots to offset critical workers. New York City is currently calling up 40,000 formerly retired healthcare professionals to augment its current hospital staff. In other places, such as China and South Korea, administrators have used robots for sanitation, deliveries, and even patient examinations.
As The Robot Report has noted, Blue Ocean Robotics’ UVD Robots ApS spinoff has shipped 2,000 units of its mobile disinfection robot, to China to combat COVID-19. Recently, I caught up with Claus Risager, founder and CEO of Blue Ocean, to discuss how business has been affected by the global pandemic.