THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: More ‘Bandicoot’ robots are set to make their entry, Kerala startup Genrobotic has said. Five such robots to clean sewer holes will be unveiled which will also be used for pilot projects in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The firm has been invited to present the Bandicoot in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the company further added.
Of the five, one each will be used for the pilot projects in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu while one will be given to the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) and the rest to the Kerala Water Authority (KWA).
The firm has informed that two manhole cleaners have already been trained on using the robot. Twenty more such workers will be trained which could in future end the practice of manual scavenging, the company has said in its statement. Soon, the robots will be made to respond to commands in Malayalam as well.
The startup was one of the participants of the two-day Huddle Kerala Conclave which was held in the city. The founders said they received several enquires from the UAE as well.Earlier in February, the company had launched the manhole cleaning robot ‘Bandicoot’ in Thiruvananthapuram on an experimental basis. Replete with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module, the Bandicoot has four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spiderweb-like extension.