Machine magic: Brace for a tryst with humanoid

Kerala State Science and Technology Museum has kicked off the process for procuring the 'specimen' for its hugely-popular robotics corner.

Published: 22nd April 2018 11:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd April 2018 02:37 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Across the globe, a sci-fi dream is being played out with humanoids Sophia and Pepper catching the imagination of millions. So, can Thiruvananthapuram be left behind?

In all likelihood, the state capital's first humanoid will start hobnobbing with visitors at the Kerala State Science and Technology Museum (KSSTM) this year itself. KSSTM officials have kicked off the process for procuring the 'specimen' for its hugely-popular robotics corner. ''We have placed inquiries with a number of firms. We will also formally place a proposal this month. The Robotics Corner already has small bioloids which come much cheaper than a humanoid robot. But robotics technology is witnessing great advances,'' KSSTM director Arul Jerald Prakash said.

Sophia, an advanced humanoid model, was conferred citizenship by Saudi Arabia this year, a decision that has gone a long way in gaining publicity for robotics at that advanced a level. (by the way, Sophia has even displayed an interest in scaling Mt Everest which would make it - her? - the first humanoid to do so.) Of course, KSSTM is not looking at humanoid models that are as sophisticated or swanky as Sophia, the first humanoid robot to gain citizenship of a country. The cost would prove too prohibitive.

The KSSTM humanoid would be about three feet tall. ''Basic humanoid models are available at prices ranging from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 25 lakh. They can greet you at KSSTM, hold a basic conversation and provide visitors with chocolates,'' Arul Jerald Prakash said. Countries like Japan, US and Korea have made great advances in building humanoid robots, he said.

In recent years, Thiruvananthapuram also has been hosting robotics events which see spirited competition. KSSTM, which also houses a popular planetarium, itself had thrown open its robotics corner to awe-struck young visitors in 2012, with two midget bioloids as the prime draws. Bioloids are small educational robots and come at around Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh apiece.

Stay up to date on all the latest Thiruvananthapuram news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp