17 Mar 2017

MIT-Pune's 'Chintu' Robot does SRK poses and entertains the elderly

MIT-Pune's final year engineering students have developed an innovative robot, called 'Chintu' that aim's to be elderly friendly. The robot has been developed keeping in mind the general needs of the elderly. Chintu has been programmed to remind the elderly about their medicines and it can even hold a casual conversation. It can even do Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) signature poses by spreading its arms and dance to the 'Gangnam Style'. Amazing, right?

The robot's hardware has been developed by Aldebaran (SoftBank Robotics). MIT-Pune engineering students worked on the software to add various capabilities to the robot. IBM's Bluemix Cloud and Watson APIs were used to create the artificial intelligence for the robot. The robot can read text from a piece of paper and even sense the mood of a person using the Tone Analyser API. The robot can then respond accordingly.

Chintu-MIT-Pune
Image Credit: SoftBank Robotics​

IBM India funded the project with Rs. 10 lakh. Krishnamohan, one of the students who worked on the project informed that it takes about 2 - 3 days to get used to the robot and it can be custom programmed to suit the needs of any user. The robot has microphone, cameras, multiple sensors on-board and has internal memory of 8GB. The team is working on adding more capabilities to the robot and enhancing its existing features.


Dr. Vrushali Kulkarni, head of MIT's computer engineering department said that the team wanted to make a difference through their project and aim to make 'Chintu' more than a caretaker. The robot helps the senior citizens with tasks such as calling their son or daughter abroad. Chintu will inform them about the time in the foreign country so that the call can be planned accordingly.

Source: Pune Mirror
17 Mar 2017

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