Meditemi will incorporate the 3D radar sensor of the Israeli company Vayyar into its personal robot, in order to upgrade the robot’s remote monitoring capabilities and help identify COVID-19 symptoms. Using Vayyar’s radar, Meditemi will be able to measure, from a distance of one yard and in less than 10 seconds, adjacent people’s body heat, as well as breathing and heart rates. Consequently, Meditemi will be able to analyze the symptoms and display on its monitor the risk level posed by each individual with regard to COVID-19 contraction.
Meditemi is a joint venture established in Hong Kong by the Israel-based Temi Global, which developed the temi personal robot; and the German Medisana, which markets personal healthcare products. Medisana is a subsidiary of the Chinese electronics corporation Ogawa. The joint venture was founded with the intention of marketing in Europe, under the auspices of the well-established brand-name Medisana has in Germany, a variant of the temi robot that is adapted to the world of personal health.
The Collaboration was born in the COVID-19 Department
Temi is a personal robot that is a hybrid of an Android-based tablet and a mobile robotic platform, operated by voice instructions and hand gestures. The robot is capable of obstacle detection and path planning, knows how to identify its owner and follow it, and perform various tasks, all without the need for a keyboard or touch screen.
The collaboration between Vayyar and Meditemi was conceived in the COVID-19 department at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, as part of a pilot program exploring the use of a variety of remote sensing solutions. Rotem Geslevich, Vayyar’s director of business development in Europe, told Techtime: “There are a lot of possibilities for integration between the two devices, and the first thing we thought about was to come up with a solution that would provide more comprehensive monitoring of COVID-19-related symptoms, and not just of fever.”
The first application in the world of robotics
Vayyar has developed a multiple-antennas and high-frequency RF sensor (3GHz-81GHz) capable of providing a 4D (position and movements) image in 360-degree of the environment without the use of a camera. In contrast to various optical means, the sensor is also capable of detecting information hidden by objects. Consequently, it can discover hidden items, as well as monitor the vital signs of humans located behind walls.
The company’s technology may have many potential applications in the fields of smart home planning, the automotive industry, retail, security, medicine, consumerism industry, and more. About two years ago, Vayyar used its technology to issue a wall-mounted sensor that remotely detects cases of elderly people falling at home, nursing homes or hospitals.
Vayyar’s radar will also be used in Meditemi, allowing it to remotely detect falls among the elderly, in which case the robot will be able to approach the senior and allow him or her to communicate via video call or call for help. “Detecting falls transforms the robot into a solution tailored specifically to the well-being of seniors. It is the first product of its kind in the market of personal robotics.”