Photos : Mitra the robot helps Covid-19 patients in India speak to loved ones, medical staff unable to visit the wards

A hospital in India has deployed a customer-service robot to patrol its wards, connecting coronavirus patients to friends and relatives. Mitra, meaning “friend” in Hindi, is best known for interacting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event in 2017. Its piercing eyes are equipped with facial recognition technology to help it recall people it has previously interacted with. A tablet attached to Mitra’s chest allows patients to see loved ones, as well as medical staff unable to access the wards.

Updated On Sep 16, 2020 04:44 PM IST 5 Photos
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A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) speaks to his family members, using a robot named 'Mitra' at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) speaks to his family members, using a robot named 'Mitra' at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

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'Mitra' is seen inside a lift of the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

'Mitra' is seen inside a lift of the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

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A robot named 'Mitra', which is used by the patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to communicate with their relatives, is seen inside an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

A robot named 'Mitra', which is used by the patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to communicate with their relatives, is seen inside an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

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A medical worker puts 'Mitra' on charge at the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

A medical worker puts 'Mitra' on charge at the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

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A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) speaks to her family members, using 'Mitra' at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) speaks to her family members, using 'Mitra' at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, September 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

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