As the number of COVID affected people keeps rising in the country, these students from Kolkata’s Jadavpur University have developed a drone that can scan and single out a person who might have the disease just by listening to how they cough.

Two students of the Jadavpur University have developed an intelligent device which will analyse if a coughing person is a COVID-19 carrier. A teacher of Innovation Council of Jadavpur University said on Tuesday that two undergraduate students of the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering have developed the device which will
track a coughing person and analyse if the same person is a possible suspect of novel coronavirus.

The drone has the ability to capture and scan sounds and then match them with pre-stored clips. “The properties of the sound of a COVID cough is different from the other types of coughs. We might not be able to understand it but the drone will pick up those intricate details,” said Annesya Bannerjee.

The device can be used as a first-level screening system to identify the COVID-19 carrier with available data and thus help in containing the spread of the disease. The non-contact device, which has embedded image and sound sensors, will work even if the person is away from the device and can even identify multiple coughing persons at the same time.
The device can be used in quarantine centres, office- spaces, classrooms or built-up areas with gatherings for monitoring the people present there

The device, when demonstrated to doctors, received a very positive response.Doctors from ICMR Kolkata and those who are treating COVID-19 patients have appreciated our efforts and have loved what the device can do. We already have a prototype and it will soon go for real-time clinical testing with COVID-19 patients.

“We had received a grant of $15,000 from a US NGO, WeRobotics, to build the drone after we presented our idea for a search and rescue drone. The idea was to track people with their voice. This can be used for various other purposes as well,” said Annesya.

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