“Stay hydrated. Beat the heat,” said their blue-eyed bot, Jasper, as it carried several bottles and quenched the thirst of Mumbaikars last month by giving free water!
In a droning voice, Jasper handled a bottle of water to Ronak Shah, saying, ‘Stay hydrated. Beat the heat.’ Ronak is a college student who was strolling under the scorching heat near Kishore Kumar Park in Juhu Scheme, Mumbai, around 3 pm.
Jasper then made a swift turn and moved towards a dabbawala who was napping under a tree. Seeing him sweat despite the shade of the tree, Jasper handed a bottle of water to him as well.
Surprised by how blue-eyed Jasper was moving from one place to another without anyone’s help, the dabbawala looked around for a while, hoping to know more. That is when a bunch of teenagers came out from a corner and explained everything.
Like Ronak and the dabbawala, several Mumbaikars received water from Jasper and quenched their thirst that afternoon last month.
If you are wondering about Jasper, and if he is a human, then you are right. He is a robot!
The six-wheeled robot has a long neck and is developed by eight students from Mumbai, under the guidance of SP Robotics Maker Lab (Andheri branch). It is a technology training institute which offers training in robotics, IOT, VR, drones and more.
The inspiration behind the robot is Amazon’s delivery robot that was launched earlier this year. The robot delivery service uses self-driving technology to navigate and deliver packages to Amazon Prime customers.
After completing the Advanced level robotics course, eight students were selected to apply their learning and come up with a robot.
Speaking to The Better India, Ishaan Kamath from C N M School, Vile Parle (West), says,
It was so exciting to build this robot. We implemented the concepts we learnt to build a robot that is used in real-time. It provided a lot of challenges and solving them made me feel like a real engineer.
He adds, “We plan to work on this robot and load it up with sensors to help it avoid objects, follow paths and GPS navigation. We plan to use it for short, automated, safe, and secure deliveries within the locality.”
The main function of the socially-responsible robot is to carry loads and deliver products or items to any location. Jasper is easy to use as one has to only press a button to get the bottle. It has a base structure where its brain, motors, and battery are housed, along with a compartment to store items.
The friendly neighbourhood robot has a face and can speak. The students control it via Bluetooth and plan to make it autonomous.
Jasper received an overwhelming response from the citizens of Mumbai, motivating the students to add new features.
The response from the city has been very encouraging for all of us students in Team Jasper. We felt appreciated and motivated, and the biggest honour was the invitation from the prestigious Nehru Science Centre. Growing up in Mumbai, all of us have been to the Nehru Science Centre to see science exhibits, but Team Jasper Students got this wonderful opportunity to show what we had made, says Khushi Chaudhry, from Vibgyor High School, Goregaon (West).
While teenagers nowadays are mostly associated with social media and gaming addictions or taking selfies, these eight teenagers are proving that they can also utilise technology to create problem-solving inventions.
“Right from spotting sensors on the automatic doors at the malls, on escalators, to examining IOT-enabled devices like Alexa and Siri, teenagers are gradually becoming ‘Makers’ instead of just being consumers and constructively utilising their time and energies to gain knowledge,” says Anand Mathuria, Mentor and Centre Head, SP Robotics Lab.
Get in touch with SP Robotics Maker Lab here.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)
Images: courtesy SP Robotics Maker Lab