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Posted at: Oct 6, 2018, 12:03 AM; last updated: Oct 6, 2018, 12:03 AM (IST)

Ambala students develop bomb disposal robot

Ambala students develop bomb disposal robot
Nikhil

Nitish Sharma

Three students of different schools of Ambala have developed a bomb disposal robot. Nikhil, a Class IX student of Bharatiya Public School; Rehaan Delmotra, a Class VIII student of Mindtree School; and Yash Raj, a Class VII student of Air Force Public School, Ambala, worked for more than six months with Kidobotics — an organisation providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education through robotics — to design a robot.

The children say they have developed the robot for combating the menace of terrorism in the country, and named it ‘Victory’. The machine was awarded the first prize in The 3rd National Level Junior Robotic Challenge organised by Kidobotics in Bangalore last month.

The trio claims that the robot can dispose of a bomb and can also do a surveillance job. It will be of big help to our security agencies in operations against militants.

The current robot can lift weight up to 2 kg. A robotic arm is mounted on a Bluetooth-controlled car, which can be controlled wirelessly from a distance of 100 metres via a mobile phone application. The robot is equipped with a wireless camera for live visual transmission. It costs around Rs 10,000. Now, it is being improved upon to be controlled through Wi-fi so that it could be controlled from anywhere.

The gripper arm of the robotic arm is smartly designed to hold different tools at the same slot. This contains a T-section slot, which is used to slide tools. The gripper arm is designed to have a tool on it on demand. “Bomb disposal is a risky work that sometimes takes a human life. Therefore, we thought of inventing something that may save human lives,” says Jyoti Gupta, Director, Kidobotics. A science fair was orgainsed in Ambala recently where these children showcased the robot.

Jyoti says that if the government supports the students, they can make robots on a commercial basis, which can be used by the police and bomb disposal squads. The robots can examine and even dispose of explosives from a safe distance. We are in communication with the Army ITI in Ambala to test these robots.

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