KOLLAM: A robot, called Multipurpose Automated Robotic System (MARS), greets visitors to the campus, shows them around and acts as postman at the Amrita School of Engineering at Amritapuri, near here.
Creators of this automaton are Mohammed Ayaz P.J., Sarin Dev K. and Rajesh N., final-year computer science students of the institute.
The robot has the potential to be used for various critical applications, such as remote surveillance, detecting defects inside gas pipes, reconnaissance in danger zones and remote patient monitoring system.
According to the students, the biggest challenge they faced in developing the robot was understanding the practical aspects of theory they learnt in the classroom and dealing with the interdisciplinary nature of the task. The development involved knowledge of computer science, electrical, mechanical and electronic engineering. While the motor and gearbox were outsourced, most of the other components were developed using institutional facilities.
The Amritapuri campus has set up a robotics lab and junior students will continue to develop the technology introduced by senior students to build new functions and features. The MARS team will like to continue their interest in robotics even after the completion of their studies on the campus. The students have been placed in Infosys Technologies and Wipro through campus placements.