You do not have to be a geek to make a robot
Next March, students of IIT Kharagpur will develop RoboKit, a robotics kit guided by user-friendly software, which does not require programming skills. All we would need to do is assemble a robot of our liking, reports Mou Chkaraborty.india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 01:14 IST
Making a robot will be no longer the domain of just scientists. You can go to the market, buy the RoboKit and assemble a robot of your own liking.
Come March, the kit will be developed by IIT Kharagpur students — B Aneesh Reddy, Anant Choubey, Rudra Pratap, Aamir Ahmad, Abhishek Sasmal and Aditya Prakash — and will be available in shops across the country soon. The six students who presented the idea at the Entrepreneurship Summit held on the campus and bagged the first prized are upbeat that their kit will be a hit with school and college students.
Unlike a manual robot, making an autonomous robot on pre-programmed instructions is not easy. One needs to have a thorough knowledge of electronics and low-level programming language. RoboKit is a multipurpose robotics kit guided by user-friendly software, which does not require programming skills.
IIT-KGP's development cell will hand over Rs 40 lakh to these bright students to develop the kit in phases. Though the RoboKit will be projected as a learning kit, it can also be instructed for specific uses too such as detecting fires and opening doors.
Before making the idea public, the six did a survey of 7,000 students of schools and colleges. "Most of the students were interested in making robots but are not being able to do so because of non-availability of programming. With this kit, they can make a robot of any shape and it has a big market in India," said Anant.