BHUBANESWAR: A young boy from the State, who claimed to have developed Odisha’s first humanoid robot, has come up with an andro-humanoid robot, which can express feelings like humans, do household chores and serve the elderly people.
Neelamadhaba Behera of Santaragadia village in Balasore district has developed the robot, dubbed as ROBO-NEEL, in 10 months. Capable of multi-tasking, it can be used in hotels and restaurants besides for entertainment and education of children.
An andro-humanoid robot is an automation, which resembles a human both in appearance and behaviour and acts like a human. ROBO-NEEL has been developed so meticulously that it can express sadness, happiness and anger and communicate with people, the young scientist claimed.
“I have developed the technology in such a way that the robot can resemble anyone’s face. We can use the robot in place of our dead relatives. It can also help elderly people by serving them and solving their problems,” said 18-year-old Neelamadhaba, who is now preparing for entrance examinations to take admission in technical course.
The 5.3-foot robot has a lot of sensors which make it an advanced and smart one. It has controllers like human brain, sensors like human eye, nose and ear and motorised systems like human muscles and joints.
The ‘machine human’ receives outside commands through its sensors and then its controller commands automatically to act as per the requirement. Its sound recognising sensor detects words, sounds and responds to it accordingly. Its face, made of silicon, can express feelings like a human being.
An IIT aspirant, Neelamadhaba dreamt of the robot after he came to know that India does not have an andro-humanoid robot so far. With the experience he acquired during the development of his first robot ‘Atom 3.7’, he was confident of making it possible in a year.
Atom 3.7 robot was appreciated by all and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik honoured him with Odisha Youth Innovation Award that carrying a cash prize of ` one lakh.“I started the andro-humanoid project in July last year and completed it in May this year. With some prize money and donations received from private organisations, I have spent around ` three lakh for the project,” he said.
“The Science and Technology Department has asked me to give a detailed presentation on my new robot. The officials will examine my system with the help of robotics experts. Hopefully, I will meet them early next month,” he said. Neelamadhaba now plans for his big ticket project like Defence Hexapod Robot, which would look like a spider having many legs by which it can go anywhere and any place and help Indian Army in their missions.
World’s first andro-humanoid robot
Sophia is world’s first andro-humanoid robot. Developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics, it is modelled after actress Audrey Hepburn and is known for her human-like appearance and behaviour compared to other robotic variants. It uses artificial intelligence, visual data processing and facial recognition.