Thai shoppers offered hand sanitiser by robots

Date:5 June 2020 Author: Leila Stein

COVID-19 has changed how we live and is likely to result in some permanent new additions to our lives. In most countries this involves wearing masks in public, but in Thailand this also means robotic hand sanitiser dispensers.

These robot dogs, called K-9s, walk around offering hand sanitiser to shoppers as they browse.

According to Mashable, the dogs are being operated by Thailand’s largest mobile operator Advanced Info Services (AIS) using their 5G networks.

“It’s convenient for people to wash their hands, just like a preventive measure… especially in this COVID-19 situation,” said Petra Saktidejbhanubandh, a marketing officer for mobile operator Advanced Info Services (AIS) to Philippines Tatler. 

These robots are hoped to ease shoppers distress around the virus and make it easier for them to interact with safe hygiene practices.

K9 is accompanied by two other robots who fulfil different functions. ROC, a temperature checking bot, and LISA, a customer service-bot.

The use of robots during the pandemic has been interesting as the metal companions are able to interact with humans without risk of infections. In hospitals, robots have been used to check-in on contagious patients and in other countries to monitor human activity and enforce social distancing.

Read more: South Korea is using robot baristas in its cafes

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