BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar has developed a service robot called ‘Cutebot’. It can be used for multiple purpose like hospital as well as for surveillance.
A wheeled mobile platform is also provided in the robot.
Since the robot is fitted with camer and voice communication system, doctors will be able to talk to COVID-19 patients. This robot will be helpful in communicating with patients of infectious diseases.
The communication will be done through audio-visual screen of the robot while sitting in rooms.
These robots will also guide the patients with for medicines along with delivering refreshments in the isolation ward an official statement said on Thursday.
As per several media reports, the robot can be used in security agencies for surveillance.
The robot has been designed jointly by Kuldeep Singh Nagla, Associate Professor and a specialist in robotics and automation, and Professor L K Awasthi, director of the institute.
Recently, Chairperson of Board of Governors of NIT Jalandhar, Subhash Chandra Ralha unveiled the robot.
Along with other jobs, Cutebot can carry around 15 kilogram weight in the hospital environment.
How does the robot function?
Nagla said Cutebot can be controlled both through the internet and wire-based joy stick within a radius of 25-30 meters. It moves at a variable speed with a maximum of 22 meters per minute.
“Interestingly, the robot can easily be modified to control from several hundred kilometres through the internet just by changing the software. This up-gradation may prove to be suitable for security agencies while working in operational fields,” Nagla said.
It can easily maneuver between two hospital beds. After continuously working for a minimum of two hours, the robot can be recharged.
It can also adopt independent UV light disinfector on its platform, he said, as per the statement.
What is the price of Cutebot?
“Costing between Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 lakh after mass production, the Cutebot is unique because of its low cost as compared to other such robots available in foreign markets,” Professor Awasthi said.
He said it can rotate its head, which is a screen, more than 360 degrees to communicate. He said the institute has transferred the technology to a Gujarat-based company for its mass production and commercialisation.
In its endeavor to Atmanirbhar Bharat, the faculty and students of the institute have filed more than 50 Intellectual Property Rights in the form of patents, copyright and designs during the last couple of years, he said.
He also said that during the pandemic time, the institute had transferred five technologies to the industry and products invented by NIT Jalandhar are in the market now. These are air purifiers, facemasks, ultraviolet cleaner, among others, Mr Awasthi added.