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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China

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The Walklake robot assists a schoolchild's morning health scan.

Credit: New Scientist

More than 2,000 preschools in China are using a robot to check the health status of their students. Before children enter the classrooms each day, they stand in front of the robot—called Walklake—for a quick checkup by showing it their eyes, throats, and hands. Walklake is equipped with an infrared thermometer on its forehead, as well as cameras on its eyes, mouth, and chest. The system is designed to scan for disease symptoms, such as fever, hand blisters, throat sores, and red eyes.

If the robot detects something abnormal, it will alert teachers or school nurses who then manually check the child again and decide if the student should be sent home.

From New Scientist
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