"They can sing, dance - even tell your kids a story and they are just warming up," said Rajiv Khosla of Australia's La Trobe University who brought 'Charlie' and 'Sophie' to participate in IIT Madras' technical fest Saastra.
'Charlie' and 'Sophie' are a pair of cute and cuddly robots that have travelled all the way from Australia in Rajiv and Professor Debbie Chu's backpacks.
The emotionally and socially intelligent breed of robots titled PaPeRo (Partner-type Personal Robots) were introduced to Chennai by Rajiv and Debbie along with Professor R Nagarajan of IIT Madras in the presence of the Commercial Consul of Australia, Michael Carter.
Talking about the robots, Rajiv Khosla said, "Apart from fun and play, one of the main applications of these robots are in the field of mild therapeutical care, especially for dementia patients and senile people who need medical attention. They are engaging robots which have wide social applications."
Nagarajan expressed his happiness at the participation of the Australian University and added, "At IIT-M's Centre for Innovation, we equip our students to engage in social and technical innovation. Our motto is 'Walk in with an idea, walk out with a product'. We welcome all like-minded universities and institutions. Saastra is our flagship technical event which help out students present similar innovations."
The participation of the cuddly robots in the technical fest will, according to the professors, pave the way for future collaborations.