In a move to help prevent virus outbreaks, architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti created a robot that can identify and map biological data.
The robot, entitled 'Luigi,' will work by collecting samples from city sewers in order to create a "map of human health from biological data." This map will allow scientists to predict virus and disease outbreaks and prevent them if possible. The robot can be guided through city sewage via an iPhone app and can sample various specimens before being cleaned. Additionally, the robot will be able to show "patterns of drug consumption and help detect problems like antibiotic resistance."
This robot has the potential to benefit medical researchers, doctors and biologists who are working on preventing virus outbreaks. It can also aid addiction specialists and pharmaceutical professionals seeking to detect patterns in drug use.