21-09-2017 09:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Mitra – the wonder robot is outcome of AI cooperation between India and China
Bengaluru-based Invento Robotics has developed an indoor autonomous robot that can be used in offices, hospitals as well as multiplx cinemas. The robot has been named – Mitra after the vedic God of friendship as it symbolises cooperation in artificial intelligence (AI) between India and China.
Balaji Viswanathan, one of the founders of Invento Robotics said that India has done the computer aided designing of the robot while its plastic mould is being made in a factory in Dongguan and the printed circuit boards and motor controls are being manufactured in Shenzhen (both cities in south China).
The first prototype of Mitra is in use at the Canara Bank headquarters in Bengaluru. It was deployed four and a half months ago. The robot which stands five feet, two inches tall and weighs 30 kg has been working as a receptionist and giving tours of the bank’s “experience zone” to customers.
It is quite easy to interact with the robot as it is capable of speech and face recognition and interactive gestures. The company Invento Robotics was launched last year by Viswanathan, Bharath Kumar and Mahalaksmi Radhakrishnan.
Vishwanathan stated that the robot was made in China as the quality of assemblage and speed of delivery of products in China is very good. Mitra, the robot is the result of complementing India’s efficiency in software with China’s hardware proficiency.
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