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COVID-Tech

How disruptive innovation is being used to respond to the virus

At this unprecedented time, numerous ideas are being developed in order to help us understand the Covid-19 pandemic, analyse it, treat it and develop solutions for the future. Technology and innovation are undoubtedly central to this and important advances are being made in a number of fields, from medicine to agriculture.

Examples include telehealth robots to reduce the risk of infection for medical staff, or modular field hospitals, such as the open source project developed by Carlo Ratti Associati to create a ready-to-go intensive care POD housed in a shipping container that can be rapidly deployed to any part of the world.
Then there are the thermal imaging cameras (developed by the Italian Institute of Technology) which will be installed at the entrances to offices and major transit points (airports, stations etc.) during so-called Phase 2.

Moreover, 3D printers are being employed to produce single-use valves for respirator helmets. Strides are also being made in the field of hydrophonics to provide a potential starting point for the agriculture of the future, in which hyper-efficient productive systems can compensate for a lack of available manpower.
Many technologies and innovations and just one goal: to combat the virus and protect us in the new world that will emerge after this crisis, a world that is sure to differ significantly from what went before.

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