The annual international Robotics competition organised by Asia - Pacific Broadcasting Union,
ABU ROBOCON calls for multiple robots to work in synchrony in a given arena to finish a predefined task in a stipulated period of time. Founded in 2002 the competition has become among the largest, most competitive and reputed robotics competitions in the world. Each year Robocon releases a problem statement that forces the teams to think laterally and come up with innovative and efficient solutions. However recent years have seen a considerable shift in its format, which now focuses more on innovation and application of complex ideas rather than just the end goal of winning. Each participating country organizes an annual national level competition where all eligible colleges compete. The winning college gets to represent their nation at the international level Robocon, hosted by a different nation each year. India hosts the annual national level Robocon at Pune. Last year's theme revolves around the word “asobi” (play), which is also a fundamental philosophy behind Robocon. In “asobi,” playful, unique, original show of skills is often more important than winning or losing, as everyone – friend and foe alike – can applaud and enjoy them.
So, in the “asobi” spirit: we tried to encourage playful, unique, original robot designs and strategies!
Members from RoboManipal participate in various technical fests organised by different colleges from all over India. We participate in fests from IIT Bombay, VIT Vellore, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, NIT Karnataka, ABU Robocon etc. This year we are also focussing on participation in the World Robot Olympiad.
We hold regular workshops of basic robotics to help and teach robotics enthusiasts. We intend to help students who are interested in robotics and related fields but lack the required knowledge to build the robot. Our workshop is open to anybody who needs our assistance and our team members are always willing to help.
Nothing draws a crowd in a technical festival like the sound of metal crashing against metal. "Robowars" is one of the most popular events in TechTatva. Robowars is one the featured event in TechTatva and we have participants from all over the south zone. Members of RoboManipal participate in different events during our techfest too. Robotrek is one such event, which includes events like "mesh", "vertigo" and "Robo-Pacman" in which our team members participated and won cash prizes.
Electromyography: One of our members, Sidhartha Dey, recently completed a project on the concept of Electromyography(EMG) i.e. measurement of myoelectric signals involved in muscle activation and contraction. With this, one can measure the response of a muscle, say, for example, the biceps muscle, to a specific stimulus or an action, such as picking up a book. The basis behind EMG lies in the fact that the electrical signals sent to the muscle can be picked up on the surface of the skin, using electrodes, at the desired muscle location. This allows one to compare the electrical signals being sent to the muscle with the physical response of the muscle itself.
Power Assisted Gurney: A power assisted drive system, developed by Vignesh Iyer and Sandesh Manik, for existing gurneys used in hospitals which permits the movement of a gurney by a single person as opposed to the existing ones which require three or more people, with the motion being truly holonomic and the operation not requiring any additional knowledge. This system allows any person to operate a gurney without any effort or hassles, especially during emergency situations.
Smart Home Automation: Using the concept of Internet of Things(IoT), this project allows the owner to monitor, access, and manage the electronic devices in the house. Home automation demonstrates both security and ease granted by the concept. A lot of sensors are involved here to monitor different devices/objects in the house which can all be done with a click of a button on a website or a mobile app to enable the user the extensive control of his home.
The Automated Parking System: Developed by Saksham Pandey and Bhawesh Bhansali, the APS saves the driver's time by enabling the entrance and exit of the vehicle from the parking lot without any external guidance.T his system allows the owner to drop their car at the entrance of the parking lot and it is then driven to the nearest vacant parking slot automatically, not dissimilar to a robotic valet.
OMR scanner: Using a MATLAB script with a webcam to take and process the image of an answer sheet, Our teammate Himanshu Verma has devised a convenient method for us to evaluate the exam sheets of the large number of applicants who showed up for the team recruitment. It grades the applicant and reads out the performance.
Automated Skateboard: An innovative solution to navigating around the campus, by team members Shubham Rateria,Varsha Rai and Harshit Sonawala, the automated skateboard provides for a unique and convenient mode of transport. Built with a variety of sensors, the speed is controlled automatically and intelligently based on your surroundings and the terrain. The board was a popular solution to the otherwise tiring means of conveyance in the city.
Automated Piano Tiles: By using a combination of microcontrollers, Light Dependent Resistors(LDRs), 2 Rupee coins, and a bunch of wires on breadboards, Team member Akash Ravindra has come up with a novel method of conquering the popular smartphone game Piano Tiles. With the help of the LDRs connected in a voltage divider circuit to differentiate between the black and white tiles on the phone, the 2 Rupee coins (which were metallic and heavy enough) have been utilized to simulate the touch of a finger on the screen by passing a current through them via relays, leading to new high scores on the board.
Atomized cleaning water dispenser: The use of conventional taps since the past few centuries has led to inefficient use of water when it comes to cleaning since most of the water goes down the drain after bouncing off a surface. A replacement for existing taps having atomizers in parallel and water pressurized by a localized compressor. It gives the same cleaning efficiency of tap water in the same time span and saving about 90% of water while doing so. This not only saves a lot of water, but also saves electricity that was being used to pump the water.
XES AUTOMATION is a business initiative by the students of MIT, Manipal and alumnus of RoboManipal. The company started-up with the aim of revolutionizing the sectors of underground mining industry in India by providing state of the art surveillance and surveying technologies on mobile platforms. The company is now incubated in MUTBI, Manipal and was valued at Rs. 50 Lakh by the initial investment. XES AUTOMATION has presented their product prototype at International Conference on Global Challenges, Policy Framework and Sustainable Development for mining of mineral and fossil Energy resource (GCPF 2015-20).
Fracktal Works is a company which is a brainchild of ex-RoboManipal members and are incubated with the thought of enabling people to experience and empower creation with 3D printing. Whether it is making a mechanical part for your car or a prototype of a shoe; they set it as a goal to enable you to make these things with their device.
VIRLD: We are Developing an HMD (Head mounted display) which is a wearable device that allows the user to see in 3D. Along with this we are working on Interfacing the HMD with the real world as much as possible as well as using it for Immersive virtual simulation. Some of the Project we are working on now are a 3D distance learning programme, 3D virtual Tourism and a 3D Car Simulator.
At Strange Matter, we are a small group of engineering students who aim to set forth into the product design industry with a novel manufacturing and rapid prototyping product. Based out of MUTBI, Strange Matter aims to build technology that will be accessible to a wide array of designers, engineers, academicians, hardware manufacturers and PCB manufacturing units to name a few. Strange Matter was the winner of Provenance 2015 under the name Team Modulus. We hope to play a significant role in the gradual advent of the maker movement and the rapid prototyping and precision machining era in India.
VisionX aims to launch Drishya, an assistive system for the visually impaired. They are bringing the technologies used in robotics to serve the people and helping them in their everyday lives. Drishya will help the blind in everyday navigation, outdoors as well as indoors. It will serve as an assistant to guide them and help them in recognising and finding everyday items. VisionX was the winner of Provenance 2017 – a national level B-plan competition.