Despite the recent lockdown occurring in the masses across the entire globe, innovations in technology appear on a daily basis, aiming to save lives in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Innovation is a sagacious form of recycling, ways that humans take snippets of existing knowledge and adapt this knowledge to help combat new issues that may arise in the world, in this case, new ways to fight the coronavirus.
The main aim of all of this new and innovative technology is to ultimately save lives, treat patience, take the pressure off overworked healthcare staff whilst also finding the long awaited vaccine.
So how exactly are tech companies working to save lives against the fight against the coronavirus?
A ventilator entirely powered by windscreen wiper motors
In our fight against the coronavirus, the demand for ventilators has increased beyond suppliers ability to manufacture them. Severe cases of Covid-19 often result in the patient relying on a ventilator to keep their lungs functioning. It is for this reason, a Spanish prototyping company led by 17 engineers have created the oxyGEN.
Protofy, the Spanish engineering company, says that they are so quick and simple to create that an untrained person could make one in a s little as 4 hours!
Although they are not scientifically deemed as safe and effective they are working alongside other ‘geeks’ and hospitals to improve their design and effectiveness in the hope they can be widely distributed throughout Spain and beyond.
Using AI (Artificial Intelligence) to detect coronavirus
Artificial Intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence in machines. These machines are programmed to think, act and mimic the thoughts and actions of humans such as problem solving and thinking. However, these machines may think like humans but are much more intelligent and can find conclusions much quicker and more effectively than we can.
AI companies are working with speech forensics and language experts to come up with a way to detect coronavirus through a speech sample.
Just like if you go to the doctors with a respiratory disease, they will listen to your lungs with their stethoscope, AI will listen to your voice and your cough and be able to distinguish whether a person is a sufferer of the virus or not. Those who have contracted the virus create a certain type of noise when they talk or cough and the AI machinery is trained to listen out for this certain noise.
Folding proteins on home computers to speed up the race to find the Covid-19 antibody
This is the combined power of the public working together to find a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus and it is bringing scientists ever closer to finding a potential solution. They are doing this by conducting something called a ‘protein folding simulator’ anyone can access at home.
According to scientists working on the project, the virus first infects a patient when the ‘spike protein’ on the surface of the protein comes into contact with a lung cell receptor protein.
The scientists are therefore trying to find an antibody that stops or inhibits this process from taking place. The way they are doing this is through trying and testing all of the different methods the protein can fold. A computer is able to do the folding, but the more computers that take place in the testing, the more folds they will get and the closer they will be to finding the fold that inhibits the protein binding with the lung cell.
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THOR UV Cleaning technology
As discussed at the beginning of this blog, innovations in technology are usually recycled ideas, this is an example of just that.
Using UV light as a cleaning solution is not something that is new to the market, in fact, it was first discovered in 1877 by British Physiologist Arthur Downes and scientist Thomas P. Blunt. They did this by noticing the light from the sun could inhibit the development of pathogenic bacteria.
From then on UV Cleaning has been used in a multitude of different ways to clean air, disinfect water, sterilize food and surfaces, the list is exhaustive.
THOR UV Cleaning technologies have therefore created a machine that kills 99.9999% of the Covid-19 virus. It does this by precisely mapping out the room to which it is placed in delivering a fast and highly efficient germicidal dose of UVC energy.
It is a popular solution for food and beverage factories, hotels, restaurants, private health care and gyms. Anywhere there is a high quantity of individuals in a room at one time, the thor UVC technology will put your mind at ease knowing no guesswork has been done. The deepest of corners and the highest of shelves will be covered with this powerful technology.
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Wearable sensors to maintain social distancing
Just like a car uses sensors to notify you when you are approaching an object, wearable social distancing technologies warn and alert you when you have breached the 2 metre (or 1 metre if applicable) distance to someone else who is also wearing this technology.
You can keep a track of those people, if you are a manager, on a device as the technology stores data on those who have breached the distance and also how frequently they have done so. If you are an employee, you can track how well you have been keeping a distance too through their app.
These devices come with an easy-to-use portable charging system and a 9 hour battery life. They are becoming extremely popular in workplaces such as construction sites and factories where masses of people are contained in one area.
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Technology companies are continuing to innovate and create new ways of fighting against the global pandemic. If you are a business owner, manager or are generally interested in the technologies we have to offer to help fight against the virus, please get in touch today.