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Robot with coronavirus advice hits Times Square – Source Reuters Tech News

Passers-by in Times Square interact with a Promobot robot that informs the public about the symptoms of coronavirus and how to prevent it from spreading, in this still frame obtained from video, in New York City, U.S. February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Reuters TV

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Worried about the spread of coronavirus? A five-foot tall (1.5 meter) Promobot might have your answer.

The robot with a friendly face rolled into Times Square on Monday to help provide information about the new virus.

Curious passersby stopped, filled out a short questionnaire on an iPad-like touch screen attached to the robot’s chest, and even had a conversation with the machine.

Promobot was created by a Philadelphia-based startup that makes autonomous service robots for businesses and is run by a group of Russians.

“We did a special software to detect coronavirus symptoms,” the company’s chief business development officer, Oleg Kivorkutsev, told Reuters.

“We understand how this problem is…

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