Adapt centre researcher Dr Conor McGinn joined the virtual Future Human 2020 conference to present a keynote on the future of robotics.
Dr Conor McGinn is the founder of Akara Robotics, the Dublin-based team behind healthcare robots Stevie and Violet.
Stevie is a social care robot that has been trialled in senior care facilities in the UK and the US. These trials had to be put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, however the pandemic led the team to develop Violet.
Violet is a robot that can autonomously navigate spaces and disinfect them using ultraviolet light, with recent tests indicating a success rate of up to 99pc.
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Words by Elaine Burke