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‘Made in India’ robots

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The 5 foot tall ‘Mitra’ robot is programmed to welcome customers and interact with them using facial and speech recognition, contextual help and autonomous navigation.
The 5 foot tall ‘Mitra’ robot is programmed to welcome customers and interact with them using facial and speech recognition, contextual help and autonomous navigation. (Source: Invento Robotics)

Indian start-ups and research centers are breaking barriers and developing some of the most stunning robots not only in the country but across the globe. Machine Market International reveals four unique robots made exclusively in India.

India’s ‘Made in India’ slogan has captured the attention of the international media recently. However, Indian start up firms and research institutes have been exploring the idea since a long time and the results are startling. Right from developing robots that simply interact with people to robots that recover explosive devices, ‘Made in India’ robots have evolved with time.

Manav

Manav is India’s first 3D printed humanoid robot. Weighing just 2 kilograms, the 2 feet robot was developed by Diwakar Vaish at A-SET Robotics in December 2014. The mini robot’s in-built vision and sound processing capability allows it to speak like a human being. Equipped with 21 sensors, two cameras in its eye sockets and two mikes on both sides of its head, Manav is also capable of performing activities such as walking and dancing. Created with Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plastic, the robot can be recharged with Lithium polymer batteries and also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Mitra

This popular robot made its grand appearance at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 in Hyderabad, India. At the show, Mitra greeted the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump. The 5 foot tall robot has been created by Bengaluru-based start-up Invento Robotics and is programmed to welcome customers and interact with them using facial and speech recognition, contextual help, and autonomous navigation. Mitra can be used in banks, hospitals, retail as well as restaurants to guide customers regarding a specific purchase or to provide patients with health diagnosis. Keeping in line with the recent trend, the robot is also capable of clicking instant selfies.

KP-Bot

Locals have bestowed KP-Bot with the title of being ‘India’s first robo-cop’. Developed by Kochi-based start-up, Asimov Robotics, the female police robot has been incorporated in Kerala’s workforce. Powered by AI sensors, the robo-cop greets visitors, provides information and also guides them to the different services available at the police station. The robot is also capable of identifying higher officials and greeting them with a salute. In the future, she will also be upgraded to detect explosives and issue identity cards to visitors.

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Daksh

Daksh is an electrically powered Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which has been designed and developed by the Indian state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at the Research and Development Establishment (Engineers), Pune. Daksh has been designed to recover improvised explosive devices. The robot can safely locate, handle and destroy all types of hazardous objects. The robot has been purchased by the Pune police force and entrusted to the bomb detection and disposal squad for its anti-terrorism operations. The Indian Army has also included the robot in its portfolio.

The next time you hear about a robot with exceptional features, don’t be surprised if you come to know that it’s Made in India!

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