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Dancing robot wins awards

delhi Updated: May 31, 2010 01:04 IST
Suhas Munshi
Suhas Munshi
Hindustan Times
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With an Amtel processor as its brain, 25 brackets forming the skeleton, 16 servos in place of muscles, Isotope — a dancing robot — garnered loud applause from students at an event in the city on Sunday.

“One day, while watching television, I saw ASIMO (a humanoid) and the idea struck me. I was good with programming and electronics and I knew I could do it,” said Diwakar Vaish (18), who has designed the robot.

Vaish, a student of Bal Bharti Public School, Pusa Road, claims Isotope is the world’s first dancing robot.

His big break came when his racing boat won ‘Quanta’, a technical event in which he won the first prize, beating teams from 40 different countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Russia and the Czech Republic.

At the event organised by A-Set (Advanced School of Engineering and Technology) on Sunday, Isotope won several heats by swaying to popular Punjabi numbers.

“The dance moves involved studying several laws of physics,” said Vaish, who says he is now about to participate in FIRA (Federation of International Robot Soccer Association).

In future, Vaish says he plans to design a five-foot humanoid, using Isotope as its prototype.

Diwakar says about its potential, “Using advanced Artificial Intelligence techniques, the humanoid will be able to take instructions in both Hindi and English.”