Manipal, Feb 28, 2016: A team of students drawn from different streams of engineering had put in their efforts and investigate many avenues to come up with these robots. Thirty three engineering students of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) labelled as "RoboManipal" this was a moment of pride and joy as they unveiled two robots designed by them at a workshop here on Feb 26, Friday.
The team will take part in the ‘National Robocon ’16 India’ competition to be held in Pune from March 3 to 5. The national winner out of almost 120 teams, from various colleges including NITs and IITs, in Pune will finally represent the country in Thailand.
Team leader Satish Reddy said he hoped the team would qualify for the big robotics competition in Asia-Pacific region, the ABU Robocon, to be held in Bangkok later this year. The event to be organised by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, calls for robots to work in harmony in a given arena to finish a pre-defined task in a stipulated period of time. “We have been working on the robots for the last six months and six months prior to that we all studied a lot on robots. It has been a wonderful team effort and we have all worked tirelessly and selflessly,” Mr. Reddy said.
This year’s Robocon Theme is ‘Clean energy recharging the world’, proposed by Thailand. The problem statement involves two robots, a manually controlled ‘Hybrid Robot’ that powers an autonomous ‘Eco Robot’ as it traverses the arena. The ‘Eco Robot’ has no on-board power to drive itself and is powered wirelessly by the ‘Hybrid Robot.’
Soon after unveiling of the robots by Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal, the team gave a near flawless demonstration of how the robots designed by them worked and also explained the mechanism to a gathering of students and faculty.
The weight of ‘Hybrid Robot’ and ‘Eco Robot’ designed by RoboManipal taken together is about 19 kg. The total cost of producing both these robots is about Rs. 6 lakh.