A robot that performs swabs

Brain Navi, a Taiwanese company, has developed a robot capable of performing nasal swabs.

The robot can perform nasal swabs by reducing contact between staff and patients with highly infectious diseases. The robot, which is able to move around independently, automatically recognizes the patient’s facial structure and nostril position and gently takes samples.

According to Brain Navi, the Nasal Swab Robot uses some fundamental functions of NaoTrac, a neurosurgical navigation robot, also developed by the company, which claims to have successfully performed 15 human trials at the Hualien Tzu-Chi Medical Center.

The Brain Navi Nasal Swab Robot was presented to the public for the first time during the Bio Asia Taiwan 2020 exhibition at the end of July. The application of the robot for clinical trials of the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taiwan has been approved and the company is in the process of certification with the U.S. FDA for emergency use authorization (EUA).

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