Hyderabad-based H-Bots is designing a police robot which will walk, recognise people, take complaints and diffuse bombs.
My sole aim is to make India the largest robotics hub in the world,” says Kisshhan PSV, founder and CEO, H-Bots Robotics. That isn’t just wishful thinking. Kisshhan is actually working towards making Hyderabad the first city to have a robo cop offering security services during Ivanka Trump’s visit to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held during November this year. The company is in the process of designing a police robot, claimed to be first of its kind, which will walk, recognise people, take complaints and diffuse bombs. “It will be the world’s second humanoid robot after the one in Dubai. That was made in France. But, ours will be an Indian-made humanoid robot. The prototype will be ready by October this year,” says Kisshhan. “Unlike the police robot in Dubai, which moves only on wheels, this robot can walk, recognise people, take complaints and diffuse bombs as well.”
According to him, the robotic cop will be able to take complaints, identify missing objects, detect bombs and recognise unidentified objects which have been placed for a span of six to seven hours in the same place. “We are building capacity to produce 10 such private police robots, which can be private security guards and can be deployed in hotels, hospitals and offices,’’ he adds. The plan is to produce 10 robots in a year at a price of `3 lakh each. H-Bots deals with machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics and IoT. Kisshhan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and his passion for robotics led him to start a robotics company in his second year. Soon, he had around 350 people working with him. He is one of the very few roboticists to design his own robotics course which primarily deals with solving real-time problems with the technology and IoT.
With the aim to start labs for research on robotics, he has designed makerspace, a personalised lab facility that will enable prototyping, PCB designing, etc., for individuals and start-ups, providing them equipment, hardware and other research inventory. This makerspace is open to all robotics and hardware enthusiasts to work on their ideas. H-Bots, which raised $1 million through Sonix Consulting, will be setting up about 70 R&D centres in rural areas. It has already identified about 8,000 problems in different domains including agriculture, healthcare, sanitation among others which can be identified and rectified through robotic technology. The agri-tech bot, capable of plowing, watering and sowing fields, is expected to make its debut in January 2018 during the harvest festival.