Wednesday, 11 January 2012

'Techmart' began with display of robotic skills

The two-day annual technical festival 'Techmart' commenced at University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) at Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University (CSMU) here on Monday.

The event was jointly inaugurated by vice-chancellors of Gautam Buddh Technical University and CSMU Kripa Shanker and Ashok Kumar.

Shanker said that 15 years ago, students used to exhibit the mechanical designs during technical festivals. The time has changed and so has the technology, the students now make robots that are capable of performing various activities. It is possible due to advancement in computer knowledge.

Kumar said that the over one lakh students studying technical courses are enrolled in different colleges affiliated to CSMU. Efforts are being made to upgrade technical education so that students become proficient in developing advanced robots etc.

Students were seen taking part in various events. As many as 21 events named as robotics, Endeavour, Junkyard, poster presentation etc were held. The participants got an opportunity to showcase the talent. The event Robowars drew appreciation. Several teams participated in the event. The robots entered into fight on the command given by the students.

In Junkyard, the students had made different designs and items from junk.

The robotic arm developed by BTech second year students of CSMU, Abhishek Narain Singh and Adarsh Kumar was highly appreciated. The robotic arm was capable of picking up stuff placed in its vicinity and then dropping it back at the same place. The two were controlling the manoeuvring of the robotic arm with the help of a remote control.

The star attraction of Techmart was a robot named as Welcome, capable of communicating in Hindi and English. The robot worked on a wireless technology, where the camera installed in it worked as its eyes. The camera is capable of clicking and saving pictures.

Sushant Katiyar and Vikas Verma, the students of CSMU who have prepared the robot, said that it can judge anything within one metre.

Around 600 students from 50 technical institutes are participating in Techmart.

 
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