A group of four students from Surat have created a humanoid robot that is capable of walking like a human being and even pulling rickshaws. The students spent 25 days and approximately ₹ 30,000 building the robot, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI). The news agency also released a video of the robot in action.
The robot is powered by a battery that can be recharged in a timely manner. The students intend to add more functionality to it so that it can be utilized broadly, even though its upper body is only a design element.
Maurya Shivam, one of the students who developed the robot, stated, “The robot which you are looking at is not my first attempt. I have already worked on several other robots which are used in different fields for various purposes. This robot which you have seen has been made after in-depth study about humans, focusing on their legs, especially the way they walk – it was designed based on that.”
Shivam added that successful tests have been conducted for the robot’s walking on the road. “This is our prototype which we have tested on the road. And this is not completed yet, work still remains to be done on its leg, hand, head, and face. We have tried to create it as same as how a normal human walks,” he continued.
The students’ invention has the potential to revolutionize the field of robotics and contribute to the development of more human-like robots. The technology could be used in a wide range of fields, including healthcare, education, and industry.
In February, a tech enthusiast from Karnataka developed a humanoid robot named ‘Shiksha’ that can teach children up to class four. However, the model has not been deployed anywhere officially.
The developer of ‘Shiksha’, Akshay Mashelkar, has a post-graduate degree in physics with a specialization in electronics and a B.Ed degree. He says the idea to develop ‘Shiksha’ occurred to him during the Covid-induced lockdown when students stayed glued to mobile phones or computers for online lessons.
“People wanted an interactive tool instead of taking lessons online in a boring way where no fun is involved. Fun in learning makes the classroom lively and grasping lessons becomes easy. That’s the reason I thought of this robot,” Mr. Mashelkar told PTI.
The development of humanoid robots for educational purposes can help make learning more engaging and interactive, especially in today’s world where online learning has become a norm. With the rise of technology and the need to stay ahead of the game, such innovative inventions are likely to become more commonplace in the future.