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New York, Feb 10 (Canadian-Media): Times Square, New York was visited on Monday by a five-foot tall (1.5 meter) Promobot with a friendly face to help provide information about the new Coronavirus that has caused WHO to declare an international health emergency, media reports said.
Promobot was created by Philadelphia-based startup that makes autonomous service robots for businesses and is run by a group of Russians.
“We did a special software to detect coronavirus symptoms,” the company’s chief business development officer, Oleg Kivorkutsev, told Reuters.
“We understand how this problem is important, how people are nervous, people are afraid of this. But if they understand a few, simple things, for example, what symptoms coronavirus has, what they should do to prevent (it), everything will be fine and everyone will be happy.”
An iPad-like touch screen attached to the robot’s chest allowed the people to fill out a short questionnaire. The people even had a conversation with the machine.
The robot, which does not detect the virus, asks if a person has common symptoms such a fever and the person has to hit “yes” or “no” on the touch screen, after which they receive a reassuring message if they chose no.