April 14, 2024

Researchers of the University of Santo Tomas are improving the features of the Logistic Indoor Service Assistant (LISA) they developed for hospital use.
“We are currently upgrading it. We plan to make it multi-functional, such as adding UVC bulbs for disinfection purposes, and adding shelves to increase its carrying capacity for food. This can be used not just in hospitals but also in quarantine facilities,” said project leader Anthony James Bautista.
LISA robot’s basic functions are for tele-presence via a tablet attached to it, and for carrying light items for delivery such as medicines and some food. Four units were distributed to hospitals in Metro Manila last June.
Bautista said the current version is remote-controlled and uses a six-volt battery, but Bautista said they are still determining how long a LISA robot can last using this battery.
“We plan to upgrade it to 12-volt rechargeable batteries to give it more power,” he added.
Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Executive Director Enrico Paringit said the Department of Science and Technology funded the LISA project for P346,400, including its upgrade.
Bautista said the fund could produce four to six units of LISA robots and his team eyes to deploy these to public hospitals and quarantine facilities for free.
Bautista said they also want to share LISA robot’s blueprint to institutions who may be interested to produce or improve it.
“If LISA robot would suit the needs of the intended users, we would produce more units and look for additional funding from the DOST or interested private companies,” Bautista said. – PNA release