Chennai & Doon Students develop robots

Chennai students create robot to monitor underwater seismic activities. Doon student creates robot having emotional intelligence

Chennai students create robot to monitor underwater seismic activities.

University students in Chennai have created an underwater robot to find out seismic gravities and warn about tsunamis.

The students, who won the silver and bronze medals at Autocup 2010 recently in Tehran, won international acclaim for their talent and knowledge in the field of robotics.

B. Jai Shankar Bharathiraja, who masterminded the design of the robot, said that computers have become outdated and robotics would dominate the world in the near future.

This robot can not only study the underwater activities but also warn us of tsunamis much in advance.

“When we use this underwater robot to find out about underwater activities, we can find out a graph. You know the underwater activities cannot be the same for all the 365 days. The graph we can monitor throughout the year and we can identify and monitor what are the types of activities under the sea. This will be very useful in identifying the kind of changes which are happening under the water,” said Bharathiraja.

Bharathiraja also said that he wants schools and colleges to engage their students in making robots and to have a robotic laboratory because this is the way of the future.

“I want to tell each and everyone in India that robotics is a field which is going to be a futuristic project. The robotics is going to be a very good future for our children. Make your children to do robotics projects even if it may be a small car or entertainment projects. Let them play with machines; this is going to be the future for them,” said Bharathiraja.

The students are now working on creating a robot, which can walk, run and dance like human beings.

Doon student creates robot having emotional intelligence

This robot may not have a Rajnikanth-like image, but the model created by a 17-year-old Doon School student possesses emotional intelligence and can even dish out answers for unexpected questions with the help of the internet.

The 3-dimension Robo ‘iTalk’, an award winning working model, talks in English, lisps like a human and understands human moods of happiness and anger with the help of unique programmed algorithms and a ‘software development kit’ offered by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.

“The iTalk is a robot capable of communication in a manner similar to humans. Technically, his functional construct also emulates the basic blueprint of the human body. By interpreting data in the same manner we do, he is able to emulate human behavioural tendencies,” Arjun, a class-12th student at the Doon School, said.

“He (the robot) is an intelligent module, able to take decisions on his own, learning from past experiences,” he added. Once developed to an advanced stage, the Robo can be used for interface with children and humans for counselling and other purposes, he said.

The ‘iTalk’ Robo can distinguish between different humans with an accuracy of 97.68 per cent as it is enabled with a stereoscopic vision and face recognition software.

“The speech analysis software put inside it enables it to differentiate between different pitches and voice samples,” Arjun, who displayed his creation during his school’s 75th founders day celebrations recently, said.

Arjun, who was assisted by his junior Sookrit Malik from class 10th in the project, now plans to take the Robo to international innovation forums and get a larger technical assistance from institutes like the MIT.

The students have put an initial investment of Rs 70,000 in the project which was funded by the school. The ‘iTalk’ although has no sci-fi movie connection but it bears resemblance to the 2008 Walt Disney produced science fiction film WALL-E, in which the computer is designed to clean up a waste covered Earth sometime in the future, Arjun said.

“For each new person it meets, it creates a new profile, logging all information. This allows it to carry out various tasks such as having a conversation, and as soon as it is told something which is not already stored, it logs on to the internet and gets the information and also saves it,” he said.

The ‘iTalk’ stands 2.5-feet tall, has two eyes as webcameras, a speaker for the mouth and a track system for legs.

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