Tech Summit: Turning Robotics into child’s play!

Deccan Chronicle.  | Vishaka V Warrier

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Students of ACTS Secondary School, Electronic City enthusiastically presented their creation to this correspondent.

Ruthvik, Sai Kushal, Naveen and Ankur, who have built Agrobot to help the farming community (Photo: DC)

BENGALURU: Mastering the art of robotics has always been considered far from being a child’s play. But proving the notion wrong, the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2019 gave young students an opportunity to explore, exhibit and exchange their technical knowhow on creating robots.

Students of ACTS Secondary School, Electronic City enthusiastically presented their creation to this correspondent.

Agrobot, for easy and efficient farming
Hailing from an agricultural family, Ankur knows how difficult it is for a farmer to take care of his land. He always wanted to come up with a device to ease farming operations and ‘Agribot’ was born. It is created to ease three most important farming activities – ploughing, sowing and flattening (covering the seeds with soil).  

The robot is made up of two servo motors – one big and one small. The device’s motherboard is connected to an application that was created by the students from the ‘Code-to-Play’ website. The device is operated through the smartphone via Bluetooth. “Farmers can control this device from anywhere. For example, he can sit under the shade of a tree and get work done,” said Ankur.

The students, who are part of the project along with Ankur, said that there is a provision to increase and decrease the speed of Agrobot’s functioning based on the sowing patterns of the crop.

Naveen, Ankur’s team partner, said, “With rise in urban farming, we can employ this device in our gardening activities on balconies and terraces to grow healthy edibles at our home. Efficiency and making work easy are the highlights of this Agrobot.”

Miniature Chandraayan 2 – celebrating its glory

This robot scans the elemental composition of surface to monitor soil fertility and other factors. The solar panel gives around 50 watts of electricity and moisture sensor will sense the presence of water by touching the surface. These features have been replicated from Chandraayan 2.

“Main purpose is to bring awareness about the mission and objectives of Chandrayan 2. Everybody knows about its failure. But we wanted to use this opportunity to explain how the main components of Chandraayan 2 have contributed to country’s progress,” said Sai Kushal and Ruthvik, who worked on this mission.   

These children were facilitated and mentored by QtPi – an organisation that provides academic robotic courses to children through collaborations with school.

Santa Santosh Avvannavar, Mentor, QtPi, said, “Children always think out of the box. This imagination can be solutions to our day-to-day problems in the long run. We tap this imagination and guide them towards making their imagination a reality. These robots have been made using building blocks, sensors and motors, which are part of the kit that we provide.”