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break out New coronavirus Is impacting global markets and affecting Air travel to movie industry to Local business. However, some companies Benefit Since this outbreak, it has spread to dozens of countries and infected more than 100,000 people. They include companies that sell deep cleaning products such as Thin tubes and zoomAnd, of course, Purell, a popular hand sanitizer brand.

But sellers of lesser-known products also seem to see coronavirus as a unique business opportunity. These companies are advocating the idea that air purifiers, robots and even gadgets like gas caps may help fight the virus. Some of these suppliers are actively promoting links between their products and the disease caused by the coronavirus Covid-19, others have said that consumers are making their own connections and looking for their products.

Like masks, some unusual products may be useful for medical staff on the front lines of this disease outbreak, but may not be suitable for the average healthy person. So, to understand this reality, we have summarized some of the weirdest ways companies have sought to benefit from the new coronavirus.

Robot sellers see coronavirus as an opportunity to spread their robot functions

Some robots are borrowing money Helping hand In the fight against coronavirus, dialogue between infected patients and hospital staff was facilitated, and essentials including medicines were provided. However, at least one robot supplier has leveraged the outbreak to advance its "service robot" capability, which can be programmed to answer questions, ask people about their health, and take a tour.

Recently, Promobot in Philadelphia deployed one of the robots as a Reuters in Times Square Reported. The robot has also been seen in Bryant Park, New York City, and essentially asks people if they have symptoms of a coronavirus. Although health authorities have urged healthy people not to use masks, it is clear that robots have also distributed masks on one occasion.

The robot was eventually kicked out of Bryant Park, and although the company said that up to 30 people still interact with the device every day, the device is now located in its New York office (Promobot did not state that these people were actually how get robot). However, the company said it has since since sparked interest in robots from airports, museums and other "crowded places." Interacting with robots seems to require the use of tablets, which means that many people come into contact with surfaces that may spread the virus. This is not the best option during a highly infectious disease outbreak.

Coronaviruses may also prompt some companies to move to automation faster than expected. CNBC Reported Some companies are less likely to be frustrated by coronaviruses because they are already highly automated, and Israeli-based warehouse automation company Caja Robotics told Recode that over the past month, inbound consultations on its technology have increased by 25-30%. According to the company, many potential customers are seeking to make their production capacity more resistant to disruptions caused by new coronavirus outbreaks.

Some air purifier companies are making misleading claims on their products

Back in 2003, the Federal Commission and the Food and Drug Administration warning Websites that sell personal air purifiers and other products that claim to prevent the spread of SARS. Now, history seems to be repeating, and some air purifier manufacturers have come up with the idea that their system can neutralize the new coronavirus. Others say they have started testing to see if their devices are useful for the virus.

For example, Airpura ad at least One of its devices Coronavirus can be "removed from the air stream." (The company did not respond to a request for comment.) At least one Online platformAir treatment e-commerce site Sylvane also promotes the idea that this purifier might be useful.

Co-founder Air Purifier Company Molekule places high demands on his technology, Local news media. Dr. Yogi Goswami said: "I am confident that this technology will destroy the coronavirus" Tell a Tampa Bay CBS Member. "Although we have not tested it on the virus itself, we have tested it on this type of virus,"

Meanwhile, Molekule's $ 800 Air Purifier Marked by an advertising supervisor Make unsubstantiated claims about their products. Wire cutters called Molekule "Worst air purifier ever tested. "

Air purifiers are definitely useful for medical institutions, but their effectiveness against coronavirus in the general population may be low, According to the BuzzFeed report. But even if this technology works, these devices are still much more expensive than the simple advice of the CDC to prevent the spread of coronavirus: wash your hands frequently, do not touch your face, and avoid crowded spaces when you are sick.

Companies want thermal scans everywhere to make money

In response to a coronavirus outbreak, some companies are rapidly integrating or advertising their existing thermal imaging capabilities. The technology can scan people from a distance and estimate their temperature, so some people think that these systems can detect fever and eventually infect people. We have seen integrating it into Facial recognition camera In China, but now appears elsewhere.

ThirdEye claims that its augmented reality glasses can be equipped with thermal imaging to make the process more seamless. The company said it has received about 2,000 orders related to a coronavirus outbreak and will ship within the next month and a half.

Some of ThirdEye's recent orders are for airport staff at Hong Kong International Airport. The idea is that AR glasses equipped with thermal scanning can automatically tell airport officials if anyone has a temperature rise. The glasses can also broadcast those imaging feeds directly to doctors who can advise these workers.

ThirdEye CEO Nick Cherukuri told Recode: "They ship thousands of people every day, and our glasses provide them with hands-free use cases that they used to use this expensive medical machine, Accurate thermal scans are available. "" Our glasses provide both telemedicine and thermal scans. "

Transportation companies are also exploring thermal imaging technology. Chinese automotive service company Shouqi Limousine is adding infrared thermal imaging technology to some of its vehicles. the company Explained in the press release The camera tracks the temperature of the driver and passengers. If the observed temperature is high, a warning will be generated and entered into the system, which will make a "judgment based on big data and AI algorithms".

The rearview mirror in the limousine is equipped with an infrared camera.

Shouqi Limousine

The list of companies driving the development of thermal imaging products is continuing, although it is unclear how well these products have been effective in fighting the outbreak. Hawkey Systems, for example, sells AI-powered human camera tools with thermal imaging, and its chief operating officer Colby Marshall told Recode that the company has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for feedback to see if this technology might be useful. Marshall did not specify the content of these discussions.

Coronavirus causes surge in high-tech disinfection equipment

The new coronavirus has attracted consumers who are looking for tools to disinfect their surroundings, including high-tech electrostatic spray guns. Usually you may spray disinfectant from a bottle, but these types of spray guns use charged particles to ensure that the substance completely covers the surface.

Some companies are now selling these guns against the coronavirus. A few of them-one called Hermit The other is called EFS cleaning -is using Healthcare facilities in Singapore with Utah school officials. A person on LinkedIn shows how he sanitized his seat with a person aircraft.

Jeremiah Gray, the chief operating officer of EarthSafe, a biodegradable chemical company that sells one of the systems, told Recode that the current demand is 100 times the usual level in the flu season, and explained that these devices are usually powered by Office, school and hospital purchases. Transport authority. Gray said the company has also sparked interest in finding the devices in their homes, including preschool parents and those who see sprayers in places like LegoLand.

He told Recode: "They can find us now everywhere." "Now, whether in people's homes, or in people's offices and businesses, this has become a national conversation."

E-commerce sellers are pushing "anti-emesis" caps and other weird products to stop corona

In addition to the increasing number of gadgets sold during the corona virus outbreak, there are also some weird low-tech products that have caught the eye. For example, on Amazon you will find a put of New Listing For hats with a protective "screen" designed to stop someone from spitting or sneezing on your face. There are baseball caps with screens, sun hats with screens and even sun visors with screens. The premise is that the coronavirus, which appears to be transmitted by droplets, will be blocked by the device.

However, some of these hat lists have been removed. Amazon More than one million products have been deleted Claims to be effective against coronavirus. This list contains "Drool-resistant COVID-19 virus cap"Is no longer valid. Some lists that do not mention coronavirus still seem to work:

This coronavirus anti-vomiting "protective cap" is "2020 Trend Hat".

On Etsy, products with a coronavirus theme have also become a weird micromarket. Several sellers are now selling T-shirts with coronavirus-related images, and some have posted reminders to "wash your hands." Although Etsy is still cracking down on Covid-19. This morning, Recode discovered "my coronavirus" cuff, commodity Labeled "Don't Cough Me" and a Corona virus themed cup All available for purchase.

"I survived coronavirus" bracelet sold on Esty.

Meanwhile, on Craigslist, you can find sellers marketing products designed to respond to an outbreak, including air purifier Can help "combat and capture coronavirus", another provide "Emergency gas bag" inspired by Covid-19. Some Craiglist sellers also use coronavirus as a marketing opportunity. Someone there Sell Shipping container, A Resistance bicycle pedal exercise machineAnd someone is selling a car They say allow you to "keep the coronavirus (k) out if the windows and skylights are closed but the skylights are engaged."

The shipping container suggested by the Craiglist poster may be useful during the "coron virus isolation" process.

Of course, you will find many masks. Why not buy a mask? Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks are mainly useful for patients who show symptoms and do not want to risk the spread of the disease. People are also very concerned that the large demand may cause a shortage of masks, so medical staff who must frequently interact with patients (including those diagnosed with Covid-19) urgently need masks.

Corona-inspired products remind people that some companies will always benefit from the global crisis. For the current pandemic, Netflix Will entertain people trapped at homeAnd video platforms like Zoom Will drive business development Their work can be done remotely. At the same time, various disinfectant brands, such as Clorox and Purell, will benefit companies and customers eager to stay clean and reduce the spread of the virus.

But we must also keep in mind that people who are eager to protect themselves from coronavirus will look for other products to help, whether they are really useful or not. It's more important now than ever before, and we must keep in mind that some companies selling these products just want to make money fast by using people's fears.

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