NEW YORK - Worried about the spread of coronavirus? A five-foot-tall (1.5 metres) Promobot might have your answer.
The robot with a friendly face rolled into Times Square on Monday to help provide information about the new virus.
Curious passersby stopped, filled out a short questionnaire on an iPad-like touch screen attached to the robot’s chest, and even had a conversation with the machine.
“We did a special software to detect coronavirus symptoms,” the company’s chief business development officer, Oleg Kivorkutsev, told Reuters.
“We understand how this problem is important, how people are nervous, people are afraid of this. But if they understand a few, simple things, for example, what symptoms coronavirus has, what they should do to prevent it, everything will be fine and everyone will be happy.”
“This thing is very clever. It’s really, really clever,” said Tara Healy, who was visiting New York from London.
Others were not so easily impressed. “A bit mental,” said Thomas McAlinden from Scotland. “But sums up New York for me.”
#Promobot created a robot that can check for common Coronavirus symptoms and advice to visit a doctor through an interactive survey. The robot works in Times Square from January 30th starting at noon and then in New York every day. https://t.co/NVElEqSkQ3— promobot (@promobot) February 7, 2020