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Humanoids are coming to Mumbai soon for IIT-B’s TechFest

Around 12 human-like robots developed from across the world will be on display

cities Updated: Dec 10, 2015 00:56 IST

Humanoids—robots that resemble and work like humans —from across the world will be on display at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) during its technological extravaganza, TechFest.

These include a Swiss robot capable of hearing and speaking while expressing human emotions of joy and anger and a couple of robots from Bangladesh with the ability to navigate all kinds of terrains and the ability of mining.

Around 12 humanoids will be exhibited at the TechFest, which is scheduled between December 26 and 28.

These robots are said to have been developed in some of the most advanced research laboratories in the world. While some of these robots have been developed by professional engineers, a number of them have been created by college students from different countries. The visitors will be able to interact directly with the humanoids.

According to organisers, the exhibition is aimed at projecting a softer, more fun side of science and technology. “We want to promote developments in the science and technology by highlighting its entertaining aspects. For example, we will be displaying a team of robots playing football,” said Tanmay Preman, manager, Exhibitions at TechFest.

However, humanoids aren’t just about entertainment. MX3D robots, which will be on display during the festival, are building a bridge in Amsterdam using 3D printing. The Bangladeshi all-terrain humanoid can be used for relief work in drought or flood affected areas.

Nevertheless, they will serve as a major attraction at the IIT-B exhibitions. “People, especially young kids, who come at TechFest can relate to these robots who look and behave like humans,” said Preman.

In addition to robots, the exhibition will also have some of the most mesmerising, cutting edge technologies from the fields of electronics, engineering, architecture, fine art, design, automobiles, pure science and energy. The organisers hope to promote research and development in the country through this event.