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No battle tough for robot army

The robots were on display at Techkriti-06, the four-day science and technology festival at the Indian Institute of Technology.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 01:47 IST

There’s a new breed of lean, mean, fighting machines and they could be the answer to the army’s prayer for all-terrain fighters. Some of the best tech brains of the country have designed robots that can do everything our men in OG do… well, almost.

The robots were on display at Techkriti-06, the four-day science and technology festival at the Indian Institute of Technology.

First, there’s the ‘Autonomous All-Terrain Robot’, which can trek the roughest of terrain. It has been built by five students of Hindustan College of Science and Technology, Mathura.

Their invention can climb stairs and hills at an angle of up to 70 degrees. It has six wheels and two steering wheels that help it move forward and backwards. And apparently, this is the ‘man’ to have for military surveillance.

But if it’s a ‘spy’ you want, then there’s none better than the robot from the MMEC-Gorakhpur stable. This one can enter enemy zone and pass on secret information and pictures to computers installed at the base. It comes with a ‘suit’; a soldier wearing the suit controls the robot by remote control. In case the soldier is captured or killed, control of the robot is automatically shifted to another jawan in a similar outfit.

Then, there’s the ‘Robo Spy Spider’, designed by students of ISGSITS New Science college. Another spy (they’re always in demand), this one can stealthily enter protected buildings and be used in rescue missions. It can even mimic wild creatures to misguide the enemy.

Besides the robots, IIT-K students had on display an apparatus that simulates friction between landslide zones. This can be used to predict landslips.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 01:24 IST