Talkative cleaning robot Franzi cheers up patients in hospital

“Could you get out of the way? I need to remove, - says the robot in German when people block it in advance

programmed cleaning route.- You need to move away! I really want to remove! " - squeaks Franzi at those who do not leave the road. And if that doesn't work, digital tears will flow from her LED-lit eyes.

“Visitors are not allowed during a pandemic,that's why Franzi entertains patients a little, ”Constance Rettler of Dr. Rettler, the company responsible for cleaning Neuperlach Hospital, told AFP, which provided the robot. Three times a day, the robot walks through the lobby of the clinic, and its feet automatically wipe the floors. Satisfied patients take pictures of Franzi, and some even stop to chat with the robot.

Created by a company in Singapore, Franceoriginally called Ella and spoke English before coming to Munich earlier this year. However, her German is perfect. She can also sing classic German pop songs and even rap on request.

Rettler is confident that the robot does not take jobs from real people. Instead, his job is to “support” his flesh and blood colleagues, who have become harder to find during the coronavirus pandemic.

After several weeks of testing, she appears to have finally settled in the Neuperlach hospital. Therefore, Rettler's company decided to leave her there forever.

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Neuperlach is an area in the southeast of the Bavarian capital Munich.