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Humanoid Robots – one step closer to automation of industries

Published on 21 May 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar

Humanoid Robots – one step closer to automation of industries

“Artificial intelligence is growing up fast, as are robots whose facial expressions can elicit empathy and make your mirror neurons quiver.”
- Diane Ackerman

The word ‘Humanoid’ arises from English human and –oid “resembling”, means something that has an appearance resembling the human beings. The term was first coined back in the year 1912 to name the fossils that are morphologically similar to human skeleton.

And we are past that long back, where now this particular term means a lot of things but not a fossil of organisms. In fact this is the most common word that all the tech enthusiasts and innovators use today to define the growth of robotics technology and where this is leading us to.

Now, the robots that can be referred to anything that is unique to human characteristics like walking on two legs, facial expressions, possessing apposable fingers or even adaptation capabilities are termed to be humanoid robots.

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Best DIY Biped Walking Robot to build from your home

Published on 21 May 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar


With regard to robots, in the early days of robots people said, 'Oh, let's build a robot' and what's the first thought? You make a robot look like a human and do human things. That's so 1950s. We are so past that.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

We are so much fascinated with robots because they are the reflections of ourselves. Also it is a fact that robots can harvest, cook, carry out industrial activities and even serve us the food, leading us towards a future where our age of work will come to an end.

Ever since we started to research into robotics, the main concerning point was to make it resemble more human and assist us in activities. And a lot of innovators succeeded in that too, making the robot to look more like humans and carry out the activities as we do normally.

One of the challenging aspect in this is to make the robot commute like humans. Yes, the walking action performed by us is more complicated than we think.

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Robotics Workshops in IITs

Published on 28 Apr 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar

Robotics workshops in IITs

With the tiring academic schedule and exhausting examinations that you face as an engineering student, you need a refreshing break now and then to lift your spirits. This can vary from catching a movie with your buddies to playing your favourite sport.

But doing these activities will just help you to relax and escape from your day-to-day schedule. It will not help you to restore your spirit and boost the innovator within you.

So, if you want to bring back the innovator within you for which you set out to pursue engineering initially, you need to do some activities that will spark your curiosity towards latest technologies.

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Best DIY Robotic Arm to build from your home

Published on 26 Mar 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar


“MIT’s AutoSaw takes the risk and skill out of creating custom furniture, so that even you can do it without losing an unnecessary number of limbs”
-as said by Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum

AutoSaw is a robot-assisted carpentry device which is basically a robotic arm that could make the creation of custom furniture and fittings safer, easier and cheaper. You can simply select a template from the software (chair, table etc.) and adjust the size & shape, the robotic arm will then autonomously select and saw the wooden materials to the correct size.

With such kind of advanced mechatronics devices being developed, long gone are the days where a lot of industries needed humans to carryout precise, dangerous and delicate activities. Now with the latest advancements in the robotics technology, a lot of developments came in the mechatronics industry too.

“In a few years from now, builders might go to their job site, punch a number into the software, and the robots will cut and bring them the pieces they need”
-as said by Lipton to The Verge

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Best communication projects for engineering students

Published on 12 Mar 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar

Best Communication projects for engineering students

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place”
-George Bernard Shaw

Well, this won’t concern the electronic devices since their communication happens seamlessly in an efficient manner. The entire operation of such electronic devices depends purely on how efficient their communication happens internally.

From the smallest devices like the smart watches to the industry advanced robots, each device uses various communication channels to function efficiently. And with the advancement of technologies, the way these devices communicate internally also has seen some great improvements.

First things first, so how does the communication process happens in these devices?

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Best embedded projects for engineering students

Published on 12 Mar 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar

Best Embedded projects for engineering students

“Art of Fusion” is a perfect term to highlight Embedded Systems Technology, where it brilliantly combines the hardware components with the software programming in an innovative way.

From the simplest electronic devices like calculators, digital watches, television remotes to the complex devices like the security and traffic control systems, embedded systems technology is being widely used to facilitate their efficient operation.

So, what makes the embedded systems technology to be a standalone player in the electronics industry?

To put it in simple terms, this amazing technology is being widely used for the following advantages:

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Low Cost Mini Projects for Mechanical Engineering Students

Published on 25 Feb 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar

Low Cost Mini Projects for Mechanical Engineering

Being an engineering student, you know the importance of building good mini projects. As the scope of the mini project that you build extends beyond your engineering curriculum and helps greatly in improving your confidence while attending interviews or applying for higher studies admissions.

But the main constrain for most of the engineering students is the cost that they have to incur in doing such innovative mini projects.

Doing good mini project with reduced cost is not easy, as it requires a lot of components and resources to complete it effectively.

So, what you can do to reduce the cost other than compromising the mini project itself?

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Low Cost Electrical (EEE) Mini Projects

Published on 25 Feb 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar

Low Cost Electrical (EEE) Mini Projects

Projecting the cost to do your mini project is not very easy. Most of the engineering students predict it wrongly and end up compromising their mini project at the very end.

This is majorly because the cost to do a mini project is not only dependant on the price of materials involved in it.

In order to calculate how much a mini project will cost to build, you need to consider a lot of parameters to predict it accurately.

So what are the factors that influences the cost of a mini project?

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Best mini projects for ECE students with low cost

Published on 18 Feb 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar

Best mini projects for ECE students with low cost

For any engineering student, mini project serves as an effective platform to showcase their skillsets. Whether it is going to be the examiner or the interviewer, you would like to impress them with your projects which actually reflects your engineering career.

But doing a good mini project is not easy, as there are a lot of factors that influence it. The most important factors that influence your mini project are,

  1. Cost
  2. Time
  3. Availability of resources

Out of these, cost is the most important influential factor for majority of the mini projects. As an engineering student you will be able to spend a lot of your time on building projects and also utilize your college infrastructure for doing mini projects, but you will not be able to spend more money for your project for obvious reasons.

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Good IoT projects for computer science engineering (CSE) students

Published on 18 Feb 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar

Good IoT projects for computer science engineering (CSE) students

“With the IoT, we’re headed to a world where things aren’t liable to break catastrophically – or at least we’ll have a hell of a heads’ up. We’re headed to a world where our doors unlock when they sense us nearby.”

– Scott Weiss

Internet of Things in short IOT is an amazing technology which is completely transforming the existing technologies into an entirely new dimension as we see it.

Being a computer science engineering student you might be wondering what makes IoT so powerful in the current market, also you might be confused about being a CSE student what kind of opportunities that you have in this technology.

Well, you are not alone. A lot of students have this query and I am taking this article as an opportunity to explain the importance of IOT and how a computer science engineering student can improve skills in them to develop an exciting career.

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