Students develop robots that can be used underwater
Jan 28, 2016 // By:M Kamal Prasath Balaji // No Comment
Students of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing in Kanchepuram have developed mobile application-controlled robots that can be used underwater or operated by remote on surface.
On Tuesday, students presented their innovation to an audience comprising schoolchildren, who were allowed to operate the robots.
They could control the robot’s movement using a video game controller. An underwater robot, a remotely operated vehicle, was operated in the water tank in the institute. The children could operate the remote through the internet too, said Institute director R. Gnanamoorthy.
“The goal is to promote affordable robots that can be introduced at an early age to encourage playful learning process. This will help spread technology literacy,” Prof. Gnanamoorthy said.
Programme coordinator S.R. Pandian, who is the faculty involved in the projects, said the next stage is to make the mobile robot autonomous and use it to pick up trash on the campus, he said.
“We have received a grant of Rs. 1.95 crore for setting up a teaching learning centre for design and manufacturing education. We are thinking of taking it to schools as part of our outreach programme. We embarked on this idea as children don’t have enough knowledge of robots,” he said.
The institute plans to conduct workshop for teachers enabling them to work on these basic technology.