Published: 04th May 2018
SRM students create a robotic arm that can play the xylophone
These seven students from SRM have designed robots that only took part in the 14th edition of RoboGames 2018 but, won two gold medals and a bronze for India
A seven-member team from SRM, Chennai bagged international laurels at the 14th edition of RoboGames 2018 held in California. The team, which represented India at the international platform, won two gold medals and a bronze for various challenges at the event.
The two-day event, which concluded on April 29, saw participation from students across the world. SRM's Team Humanoid, won their first gold medal in the ArtBot challenge. The musical event required the robots to play an instrument without human intervention. Specially designed to play five different songs in the xylophone, the SRMTH Ghost was able to play the song that the judges picked, "We had trained the robotic arm to play five different music in the xylophone. During the challenge, we asked the judges to pick a song of their choice and this I believe proved advantageous for us," says Manu Nair, A final year ECE student as well as one of the team member. The other team members include Amrit Das, Ali Shahbaaz, Mehul Singh, Piyush Jaipuriyar, Aman Malhotra and Tanush Singh.
The team, who had prepared for the competition well ahead of time, designed and fabricated two of their robots last year itself, "For this year's competition we just had to make one robot and we were able to do that just within two months," says Manu.
They received a gold medal in the Obstacle Run challenge as well, "In this competition our bot had to traverse a three-meter track without touching or destroying the any of the obstacles," Manu explains. Not only was the team able to navigate without any hindrance, they completed the challenge within 18 seconds, beating the Polish team by 57 seconds thus creating a record at the RoboGames which ultimately led bagging another gold for India. "Winning is always a good feeling, above all, it was a moment of pride for us when our national anthem was playing," says Manu with a sense of pride in his voice.
BiPed Race was another category in which the humanoid robots had to run along a two-meter track. The SRMTH Ghost won a bronze by competing against more than six countries.