Santosh Hulawale: Innovating In Times Of Crisis
A young boy who got fascinated with robots at the age of 10 and started dreaming about it (when he saw ASIMOV humanoid robot, the first ever biped (walking) humanoid robot developed by Japan in year 2000), relived his dreams when he was swarmed by young minds at IIT Tech Fest, the annual technology festival at IIT Bombay.
The young boy, Santosh is now a 39-year-old robotic innovator with the same zest and fervor as when he started and has used the Covid19 lockdown period to develop (DMR-S1, a new robot) in his custom built home based laboratory. This new robot would be especially useful in Covid19 treatment to protect frontline healthcare workers such as doctors and nurses with the ability to diagnose their temperature and other health parameters as also be able to serve food to Covid19 patients with a payload of about 200 KGs.
He has created A.I humanoids: INDRO (2016), INDRO 2.0 (2017), INDRO 3.0 (2018) & INDRO 4.0 (2020). The newly designed INDRO 4.0 which is a more commercial version of the service humanoid robot category is truly his personal best, which gives you the best human interaction possible. It can do safe interactions, face recognition, and many more tasks including an attempt to make a life-sized humanoid robot with the ability to understand human emotions and execute complex tasks. He believes in letting his work do the talking and that has got him a lot of attention from academia, media and general public and is invited regularly for guest talks, demonstrations and panel discussions.
Failures / Challenges which threatened Santosh to look for an alternate career
Santosh decided to name his company “Robotech” right back when he was in his was in 8th grade. In his 19 years of R&D, failures & challenges have been his best teachers. Before venturing into the field of Robotech Research, he had over 5 years of experience in the service industry and another 9 years as a small-timeentrepreneur, which were steppingstones to achieving his Robotech dream. Things seemed very difficult and challenging in the initial days of forming Robotech Research when Santosh had shifted his focus from his 9 years old established venture, Shree Siddhivinayak Infotech, to Robotech Research. This risk of sacrificing his old venture to Robotech Research came with a heavy toll of financial debts, but he didn’t lose his confidence, as he counted on his trump card, which was INDRO 3.0 (A far better upgraded version of INDRO 1 & 2). There were numerous instances like, Dr. Bansal (Senior Professor, Kent Universityof the United States) who was invited for a guest lecture at IIT Kanpur, who personally offered him a sponsored PHD from Kent University, followed by many other lucrative job offers from international & national. Santosh declined all these offers as it would have delayed his Robotech dream. His family & friends supported him which gave him the strength and motivation to achieve his dreams. After INDRO 3.0, things started falling in place, and he was getting closer to his dreams.
Biggest fan moment (customer delight / compliment received)
The experience of getting a VIP treatment by engineering students and faculties of almost every renowned institute in India has been extremely overwhelming for Santosh. Being engineers, they understand the effort and dedication, that is needed to build these prototypes and therefore they look up to him as a mentor. On an average, in every Tech fest event, Santosh has come across hundreds of students, who are eager to get internship in his company, but due to the limited scale of his company, he had to politely convince them.
Out of his crowning fan moments one was at NIT Jamshedpur, where a group of students had decorated his exhibition space on their own, with lot of minute details, just to prove their gratitude towards his work.
Santosh’s best experience of customer delight till date has been the Humanoid robot K2, which his company had built for Tech Mahindra, in a record-breaking time of 28 days. Since then K2 has been Tech Mahindra’s first official robot HR employee, with an employee code. On delivery of the robot, the Lead engineer of Tech Mahindra complimented, by saying that he had delivered them a robot far beyond their expectations.
The story behind this:
Tech Mahindra was looking for a vendor who could build a humanoid robot, with their required technical specifications in a time period of less than 4 months, as they had to launch it at their Noida head office on a specified day. With a very short span of time, they had a hard time finding a foreign vendor, who could get this job done. Finally, they started looking for small Indian start-ups, who could get it done, and this contract was assigned to an Indian Tech start-up after they agreed to get it done in the given time. The company that grabbed the contract had used his profile, stating his prototypes as theirs. Tech Mahindra initiated a legal case against that company and offered the contract to Santosh’s team. This sounded like an impossible task as they had to build a life size 5.5 feet tall humanoid robot, with six functional axis including all the mechanics, electronic and software from scratch, with a design of Tech Mahindra’s choice (A 2d image of the robot). It was a take it or leave it offer, which they accepted and delivered the robot in just 28 days. K2 was successfully launched at Tech Mahindra’s Noida HQ, where it is still serving as a humanoid HR employee.
Vision for the future
With a list of 48 unique innovations already ready on paper, and many more in the process of completion, Santosh’s team plans to further prototype these designs and later patentthem.Their primary goal will be to focus on research &development and will therefore only indulge in the production process of selected products, where the demand can be met within the contemporary resources possessed by my company.
For a certain range of products where the demand is expected to be extremely high, they would prefer to collaborate with an already established company or organization as a technical partner, instead of indulging into the process of manufacturing. The sectors for which most of these 48 innovations are designed are extremely large, and therefore only an established company or organization with a brand name, can do justice to meet the demand of theseproducts.
All the 48 innovations are smartly & precisely designed keeping in mind the future process of converting these designs into successful working prototypes, in a minimal time frame.Once these prototypes are developed into final products, they will meet the future demands of the sectors, mentioned below.
LIST OF SECTORS WHERE THE 44 INNOVATIONS WILL BE FURTHER USED
Most of these 44 identical innovations are based on A.I robotics & are one of their kinds. They are designed for these following sectors:Defense, Security, Harnessing Electricity, Infrastructure, Conversion of combustion vehicles to Electric, Small & Large scale Industries, Education, Rescue Operations, Disaster Management, Agriculture, Water Management, Renewable Energy, Repairing Environment, For the Differently able, Garbage Management, Future Transportation, Housekeeping, Facility Automation, Healthcare, Civil work, Futuristic Interiors, Fitness Industry, Future Clothing, Tech Gadgets, Hotel Industry, Mining Industry, Excavation, Shipping Industry, Entertainment Industry, Surveillance & Aviation Industry.
Lessons learnt as an innovator
Out of the long list of lessons, the most important lesson Santosh has learned was to keep himself updated with the latest technology. Today what seems latest is outdated tomorrow, that’s why innovation is a continuous process, where you must keep on innovating till your time comes.
Advice to those who dream & want to create something new
In the words of Santosh, “A dream without an action is just a dream. To create something new, you must learn the process of systematic planning. You need to have a blueprint of your plan, be it a prototype or a concept. Once your plan is ready, you need to stop thinking too much about the end results (as said in Bhagavat Geeta (Karm karo, falkichinta mat karo) or else you will not be able to channelize your full potential in achieving the result. There will be a list of many things that you will learn and experience in this process of manifesting your dreams, which will be your takeaway, even if your plan fails.”
Actual images of INDRO (2016), INDRO3.0(2018, INDRO 4.0 (2020)
The Robotech Story
“I would like to introduce you to my past, where the Robotech journey begun. As a child I was an extremely reserved person, who had his own set of thoughts & ideas, which were out of the world for that time. I was born with a mind which would just not stop thinking, which led to endless queries, for which I did not had google.com, or Wikipedia at that time (year 1990). But I was extremely fortunate to have access to something similar or even better than that, which was none other than my father Mr. Vasudeo Dagduji Hulawale. He was my father, my friend & my teacher who made me who I am today. He was a perfect intellect, thinker & reader, who had a mini library right inside our small house at that time. People would take his appointment to get appropriate guidance and consult him for expert options. I had the privilege to ask my father more than a million questions, but he never ever got annoyed with any of them, no matter how weird they were. Also, it was not that every time he had an appropriate answer, he would simply ask me for some time or days and would get back with a logical answer. He liked my eagerness to know things, and therefore he rigorously trained me for the future challenges, which he had foreseen with his prescience.
I had decided the name of my company Robotech, right back when I was in Std 8th, and since then I had not thought of anything else but to establish a company which will make robots. I did not even share my dreams or ideas with anyone, as they were too weird for that time. With a vision like this I use to spend most of my time reading books, that were not included in my usual academic syllabus and would carry out small experiments with whatever electronic components I could get my hand on, in a dedicated corner of my then little house. My parents were not very happy with the amount of time I was spending in these petty experiments, and they always scolded me to focus on my studies. This passion of mine accounted in lower grades which later forced me to deviate my time towards academics. After graduation (correspondence) I finished my BCA (Bachelor’s in computer applications) from a private institute (Cannot disclose name as of now, as the institute is in talks, to make me their brand ambassador). In my 5 years of service experience I worked in Breach Candy Hospitals E.D.P (Electronic Data Processing) department for a period of 3 years, where I simultaneously commenced 3D animation course of 2 years duration in the early morning batch, which was followed by Management course. Later I served in an MNC for approximately 2 Years as a technical supporting officer, achieving best employee of the year award.
My father passed away in the year 2007 fighting hard with a chronic disease, where his last words to me with tears in his eyes, were, to take care of my mother, he also said that he can now die in peace as I have become the Man he had trained me for.
With all my savings, I started my own venture Shree Siddhivinayak Infotech in the year 2007, which was my first step as an entrepreneur. This small venture helped me gather the needed savings for my ultimate Robotech dream. Shree Siddhivinayak Infotech allowed me enough freedom of adjusting my time and spending the money on my robotic research & development, which was necessary to prove my ideas.
As my company’s tag line says, ‘’If you want people to believe your ideas, they have to first manifested into reality.”
I converted one of my bedrooms into a basic laboratory with bare minimum tools, where I initiated my first attempt in building a humanoid robot in the year end 2007. I tried spending as much time as possible on my R&D, from my already hectic schedule of minimum 11 hours a day at Shree Siddhivinayak Infotech. After two years into my first attempt of building a humanoid, which was a total failure, I realized that I must be a lot more than just a computer engineer. To develop any kind of robot, one must be good at computer programming, mechanics, electronics, designing & mathematics. I tried my best to achieve knowledge and skills in the other required departments from every available source I could gather at that time, and initiated my second attempt, which was again a failure. I made a list of things that went wrong, and after doing the math, I gave my third attempt, which was again a failure.
This trial and error journey of three failed attempts went on for 6 long years, (till the year 2013) which cost me a lot of time, money & energy, but earned me the most valuable experience of my life, which was manifesting a working prototype out of an idea. With every failed attempt, I was come closer to my desired design, and after my third attempt, I was sure enough to succeed in my next attempt. I hardly had any savings left, after my third attempt, so for the next two years, I saved every penny I could and precisely planned the construction of INDRO, which was going to be India’s tallest & only humanoid robot with 47 degrees of freedom, including 10 individual fingers. I had more than 40 other unique designs of other robotic prototypes, ready by this time, but I decided to go for the humanoid robot only, as it was the most complicated of them all. The fact of India, not having a single life-sized humanoid robot, was hard for me to digest, so I kept looking on the net for what all other developments, where happening in India regarding the same. I came across a video on YouTube where a small start-up research company (cannot disclose the name for privacy) had put up a video of an attempted partially functional humanoid robot, which was badly criticized by the international tech community. Their comments were extremely rude, saying that their school kids can make better robots than this. This comment made me redesign my robot’s height to 6.5 feet which was first limited to 5 feet. Even a single inch of increase in the height of a humanoid robot, changes the whole schematics, and I had to extend it by 1.5 feet, which needed major modifications to be made in the initial design.
While this all was going on, my mother and other family members had to remind me that I was 33 years old now, and it was high time to get married. My marriage was an arranged one, where my going to be wife from Nasik had an impression about me of being a small-time entrepreneur, who is into computers, electronics, and software, which was true to some extent. I tried my best to maintain that impression in our initial four months of meetings & telephonic conversations, where I was a bit nervous about what would happen when she knew, I was also into research business. I do not know how true it is but most of the public have a whole different perspective about the people, who are into research business. After our marriage, my wife didn’t take long to figure out that something was fishy, and she started asking me questions about the mini library, the tools and partially built prototypes, which I had tightly packed in my spare bedroom, to hide them.
Finally, I decided to spill the beans, and I uncovered my unfinished rover of INDRO which could easily carry a payload of 150kgs. I plugged in the lithium ion battery pack and made her sit on that rover, which easily carried her all over the house. The joy on her face gave me a positive sign and confidence to reveal my further dreams to her. I took a deep breath and told her that, I am planning to build a 6.5 feet tall humanoid robot on this rover, which will further be my resume and a steppingstone in accomplishing my Robotech dream. I was both surprised and exited when she said, “that what are you waiting for, this will make you famous”. I instantly revealed her my full plan in detail, and notified about the things that could go wrong, if things didn’t happen the way I had planned. She was equally excited and ready for the good and bad things that would come our way in accomplishing this dream.
Finally, after 14 months of tireless work schedule, INDRO was created and revealed in the year 2016.It earned me more fame than I had expected, which included various news articles, media coverage’s, live telecasts, interviews, radio talk shows & exhibitions at renowned IIT’s and NIT’s all over India. After creating INDRO (the first successful version released in May 2016) & INDRO 2.0 (the upgrade of INDRO released in September 2017), I decided to make a completely new humanoid robot, as I was not satisfied with the performance of the upgraded version 2.0. It was a calculated risk that I took, and there was no margin for error this time, as I was left with limited funds. INDRO 3.0 (April 2018) was built to reality from scratch, in a period of less than 7 months, by a one-man team, with the most limited resources, space, equipment, manpower, time & money. Usually to create a life size humanoid robot, a team of minimum 8 to 10 people is needed, that to with different set of expertise, & knowledge base. But in my case, I had to play all the different roles by my selves, due to lack of almost everything that was needed to build this humanoid. Instead of complaining about the so many things that I did not have, I just focused on whatever little I had, and I got started. The past experiences that I had gained in my years of R&D in robotics, were the most powerful tools that I could ever use, in the creation of this humanoid. These experiences compensated for all the other shortcomings that I faced, while building this robot. I remembered my mentors; (Respected A.P.J Abdul Kalam Sir’s) golden words, that “let difficulties know that you too are difficult” and kept going.
INDRO 3.0 the third version was a major upgrade in terms of software, electronics performance & design, compared to its previous models and therefore it was specifically built to overcome most of the short comings present in the previous models. The investment paid off well with INDRO 3.0 alone doing more than 80 events in almost every corner of India. INDRO 3.0 earned the title of getting selected in the top five humanoid robots of India. The magnitude of print media, digital media & news channel coverage helped my company develop a network of national and overseas connections, manifesting into contracts and projects.
My company Robotech research developed 4 individual humanoids for my clients as per their custom requirements (Clients: Tech Mahindra, engineering colleges & technological institutes). These humanoids were developed and delivered within the stipulated time frame, with all the predetermined technical specifications, given by our clients. The response from all our clients was overwhelming, after they had launched these robots. This experience and demand of service robots in the Indian and overseas market, inspired me to develop commercial versions of service robot, which would be easily serviceable and developed in largenumbers. I decided to manufacture these robots as a O.E.M (original equipment manufacturer) were the buyers will have all the privilege to brand the product under his name, and further sell it as his own product with higher profit margins.
The end-user will also have a privilege to customize the design and features of these service robots as per their specifications (only for pre orders over 10 units) which will make them unique in the market.As of now 7 different variants of service robots are readily available on pre order basis. These 7 variants include 4 variants of humanoid robots and 3 variants of DMR (Disaster ManagementRobot).
Most of these 48 identical innovations are based on A.I robotics & are one of their kinds. They are designed for these following sectors: Defense, Security, Harnessing Electricity, Infrastructure, Conversion of combustion vehicles to Electric, Small & Large scale Industries, Education, Rescue Operations, Disaster Management, Agriculture, Water Management, Renewable Energy, Repairing Environment, For the Differently able, Garbage Management, Future Transportation, Housekeeping, Facility Automation, Healthcare, Civil work, Futuristic Interiors, Fitness Industry, Future Clothing, Tech Gadgets, Hotel Industry, Mining Industry, Excavation, Shipping Industry, Entertainment Industry, Surveillance & Aviation Industry.”
DMR-S1 (Disaster Management Robot-Size 1)
DMR-S1 is an 8-axisautonomous robot, which is specifically designed to assist humans, in case of a wide range of disasters. DMR can also be used as a security robot, where it can be deployed indoors or outdoors to tackle a wide range of security threats.DMR has three modes of operation, ie it can be deployed in a fully autonomous mode, semi-autonomousmode, and manual override mode. As of now DMR is available for sales, in manual override mode and semi-autonomous mode (Advanced A.I programming in process).
Technical specifications & capabilities of DMR-S1
DMR-S1 is basically an 8 axis robot arm with a reach of 134cm (similar to industrial robot), mounted on a sturdy rover, which is power by two powerful 48 volt (600 watts X 2 = 1200 watts total power consumption) brushless dc motors with planetary gear box. DMR-S1 weighs approximately 94 kilograms and can carry a max payload of 460kilograms.
- DMR-S1 is compatible for both indoor and outdoor operations, where it can work in rough weather conditions, while operatingoutdoors.
- DMR-S1 is capable of opening and closing a wide range of doors (with keys), gates, valves, screws, knobs, drawers, lids bags &suitcases.
- DMR-S1 can switch on and off a wide range of switches, buttons, and computerkeys.
- DMR-S1 is equipped with 3 onboard full H.D (night vision) cameras, which transmit live video and two-way audio feed to the user. This enables the user to control DMR with an ease from a maximum wireless operating distance of 25 kilometers or even more if operated through remoteserver.
- The sturdy arm of DMR-S1 is capable of maneuvering wide range of firearms (guns with maximum weight of 20 kilograms) which can be mounted on the arm in case of a combatsituation.
- Similarly, the arm can be mounted with a large fire hose in case of fire and can be used as a very efficient firefighting equipment. All the suspected electrical components are smartly encased in the robots inner most section with adequate heat shielding, keeping in mind the amount of heat the robot will have to withstand during a fire extinguishingoperation.
- DMR-S1 is intentionally built on a super sturdy structure to withstand lethal impacts, which can occur during any rescue operations. Because of the heavy payload capacity, DMR can be further armored with thick armor plates weighing up to 250 kilograms, which makes it bullet and grenade proof. With all the extra heavy-dutyarmor, DMR can easily break through doors and walls in case it is needed in anoperation.
- Despite of all the heavy-duty electronics and motors, DMR-S1 is super silent (watch demo video). It hardly makes any sound while maneuvering, which makes it a stealthyrobot.
- For security applications, DMR-S1 can stay in standby mode at a dedicated place, with an auto charging mechanism, where its onboard computer will keep it charged all time and will monitor the facility with its H.D cameras and sensors in a fully autonomous mode. In case of a security breach, DMR-S1 will warn the user, who then can take control of the robot, through a manual override mode. The user then can take the required action through DMR, from which ever location he is located (Remote accesscontrol).
- DMR-S1 is indigenously built, with approximately 90% of the parts made in India. These parts are made with an intention to last longer, which makes it almost zero maintenance equipment. In the long run the maintenance will be hazel free and low cost, due to easily available indigenously madespares.
- The manual override operation of DMR-S1 is user friendly and can therefore be operated by alayman.
The images below are of DMR-S1 (Disaster Management Robot – Size 1), the latest working prototype developed by Robotech Research Pvt. Ltd. DMR-S1 is specifically designed to assist a wide range of disastrous situations, as well as high end indoor and outdoor security.
HOW A.I, ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION CAN SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS RESOLVING, THE CURRENT & UPCOMMING ISSUES ARRISED BY COVID 19 PANDEMIC.
“Covid 19 has caused an enormous negative impact on almost every organization in the world. As an innovator & researcher in robotics and automation, I have been closely studying the Covid 19 situation since mid-February 2020, and since then I am consciously working on developing, practically applicable technologies & ideas, that could greatly contribute towards resolving the current & upcoming issues, caused by Covid19.Before presenting my technologies & protocols, I would first kindly request you to go through the current & upcoming issues that already have & would, further immersed due to covid 19.
- Exponential increase in total numbers of Covid 19 infections, despite of total lockdown of 4 billion people, which will lead to a point, where the number of Covid patients, might exceed the maximum treating capacity of the medicalservices.
- Increase in number of paramedical staff & police personal getting infected with Covid 19, letting to lesser number of emergency staff assisting the already worsenedsituation.
- With increasing numbers of patients, a marginal number of support staff and government employees could hesitate in continuing their services, fearing getting infectedthemselves.
- Currently monitoring of Covid 19 situation is fairly taken care by new emerging A.I technology applications and software’s, but the technology is lacking the much needed hardware support, which is crucial to take care of the physical aspects of theissues.
- The economy has already taken a hard hit and reviving it with the situation not in our control, would be a challengingjob.
- With a considerable number of infected police & security personal, maintaining the law and order with minimal force, would be aconcern.
- There is possibility of marginal increased, in the number of unemployed people. These people could later be forced to commit unlawful acts, to make aliving.
- All the above issues could be compensated, if companies from overseas & specifically China, decide to shift their manufacturing base in India. Adequate efforts are already been made by our government by offering these companies land & other benefits. But when it really happens, we will need precision planning and execution, or else this whole opportunity would be wasted invain.
SOLUTIONS FOR CURRENT ISSUES, THROUGH A.I, ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION
Now with the data and information I have with me, about how Covid 19 patients are treated, it is understood that, only 0.33% of the patients need to be put on ventilators. So, let’s say on the greater side, if we even assume 1% then rest of the 99% patients are treated in a relatively simple manner. Out of these 99%, approximately 75% Covid 19 patients are asymptomatic, who are treated by simply providing them with regular dose of prescribed medicines and food, in a quarantined facility.
Now this 75% of Covid 19 patients, which is fairly a larger portion of the total patients, can be treated in a quarantined facility with the help of life size robots, which would be controlled through remote surveillance by trained technicians, sitting away in a confined secured control station, or even their individual residence.
The idea is to simply quarantine the suspected patients in this remote facility, where there would be minimal or no human intervention of doctors and paramedical staff. These robots will attend and monitor the asymptomatic patients, and will assist them with medicines, food, hygiene & even entertainment. These robots will also be capable of carrying the patients with disability, to lavatory. This protocol would make sure, that there is minimal leakage of virus outside the quarantine facility. In the long run, when the lockdown is over and people are engaged in their previous routine of work, there will be instances where we will come across Covid 19 patients. These patients can then be quarantined in these remote locations, with robots taking care of them, which will ensure near to zero leakage of virus outside the facility.
It is also obvious that the doctors and paramedical staff cannot sustain the kind of work schedule they are experiencing now assisting covid 19 patients, for a longer time span. For the medical team the routine of working with PPE, constant fear of getting infected by the virus and depriving themselves from interacting with their own family members could only be stretched for a certain period of time, after which they will get to a point of fatigue. So, keeping this concern in mind,it would be wise to implement the above-mentioned solution, as early as possible.
These robots could also be used to spray disinfectants and sanitize red zone areas, where the sanitizing machine, can be mounted on the robot. These robots can carry out surveillance in vulnerable areas, with history of violent behavior with police and paramedical personal, minimizing further suchencounters.
Now to be very practical, we cannot apply this protocol overnight, as it will still take at least a couple of months to build the initial lot of robots and train the technicians to execute this protocol. But we can gradually start implementing this protocol on a lower level and can expand it further as per requirement. We need to understand that the battle with Covid 19 is going to go on for a long time, and we will have to be prepared with an out of the box protocol like this to handle the situation in a more intelligent way. It will be a great opportunity for our country to showcase the rest of the world, its capabilities in handling the Covid 19, situation with the state of art A.I robotic technology. This technology will not only help our country in resolving the covid 19 issue, but it will also be beneficial in every other disastrous situation, that our country might come across in thefuture.
SOLUTIONS FOR UPCOMING ISSUES, THROUGH A.I, ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION
As I have mentioned above in the first three points, we could see an increase in the percentage of unemployed people, which could later contribute to disruption of law and order. This instance can be avoided, if we are fortunately able to control the community spread of Covid 19. But in case if things get out of control, we can use security robots with state of art A.I robotic technology to handle the situation, with minimum human intervention.
As mentioned in the fourth point, where there is a probability of many overseas companies, specifically from China, to shift their base to India. If this incident happens, soon, then we will need a very large force of techies, who could play a very important role in executing the massive transplant of industries. We will seriously need manyin-house techies from different technical background, qualification & expertise to make this transplant happened in a precise way. This will also involve training many in house labors by the same techies to perform the transplantation task. Simultaneously these techies will also have to be trained by those selected foreign experts, who would be familiar with the operational protocols and work culture of these industries that would shift base. This training will ensure that these industries that have shifted base will work in similar manner and efficiency, as they previously did. Once this is achieved, others overseas companies will also look forwards to shift their base in India, and we could practically turn this disastrous situation into an opportunity to review our countries economy.
We also need to understand that while executing these protocols, we will simultaneously need a dedicated team of techies, to continuously monitor and tackle new Covid 19 cases in a much intelligent way, with minimal human intervention. This protocol will certainly keep the situation in control, till a prescribed vaccine or drug is made available for Covid19.
Our honourable prime Minister mentioned about the 5 pillars on 12th May 2020, out of which the second and third pillars, which are Infrastructure & a system with 21st century technology can be met withadvancedA.I robotics & automation. He also insisted in using indigenous products, made by Indian companies. Most of these Indian companies will have to give away with traditional ways of manufacturing and adopt A.I robotics and automation to raise the standards of their products. A.I robotics and automation will not only enable these companies to make good products and increase productivity, but it will also help them reduce their overheads, resulting in good net profits.
To execute this plan in a least possible time, we will have to use a specialized skill, which we Indians are very well known for, and that is reverse engineering. I have been to almost every renowned IIT, NIT & majority of engineering colleges in India, and have personally interacted with thousands of engineering students regarding guest lectures and exhibitions. While doing so, I have made a data base of highly talented patriotic students, which have the potential to build a new India. These students with guidance from senior researchers can turn out to be a vital work force, in manifesting India’s mission of becoming a self-reliable country.
I would advise the ministry to setup a separate department where we can simply reverse engineer, the high-end technologies & machinery that we have imported from developed nations. We will need a facility where selected techies will get a chance to thoroughly study the high-techequipment, which can be later reverse engineered into multiple copies. These techies can later train skilled workers to make multiple copies of the much-required high tech equipment. There is a long list of high techs imported equipment that we could reverse engineer in India.
We will have to start with chips, motherboards, sensors, and vital electronic components which we have being importing from China till date. Unless we are not able to manufacture these vital components in India, we would never be able dominate the global manufacturing market. We must move on from just assembling things in India, to manufacture things from scratch. The kind of talent and potential we have in India, we can reverse engineer almost every sophisticated technology possessed by the most developed countries. The process of reverse engineering will not be merely making a copy of an original technology or machinery, but we will have to make commendable upgrades and modification within the reverse engineered product, which will secure it from copy right claims. With this protocol, we would be able to manufacture a wide range of sophisticated technology like, 5th generations fighter planes, passenger airplanes, super computers, military equipment, industrial robots, autonomous assembly lines for manufacturing industries and many more future technologies that would have a huge demand in the global market.
The implementation of this technology will need precise planning and team work, for which we will need a large numbers of highly qualified & experienced techies, who are willing to come out of their safe enclosures and offer their services to resolve the issues, caused by covid 19. I am personally willing to offer my services for the same, and also have a large network of fellow researchers, who will join me if we get the approval from the government.
I have already finished my work on DMR-S1 (Disaster management Robot – Size 1) which is an 8 axis (134 cm reach arm) robot mounted on a sturdy rover with a whopping 450 kg payload capacity. Similarly, I have also designed a few more technologies which would help us in assisting the issues, caused by Covid 19 pandemic, in a much more intelligent manner.
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