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Robosoccer to Showcase Indian Robotics Skills

SI Team
Friday, July 30, 2010
SI Team
Diwaker Vaish is busy fine-tuning his three humanoid robots that will participate in the event to be hosted by the Federation of International Robosoccer Association (FIRA) from September 15 to 19 in Bangalore. The 18-year-old Delhi boy hopes his home-built robots would be able to show off their football skills at this world championship tournament.

With an Atmel processor as brain, 25 brackets forming the skeleton and 16 servos in place of muscles, Isotope can walk, dance, and stand on one leg and even dance to bhangra beats. “For the first time, the event will be held in India. I hope my three specially designed soccer robots will play in the tournament. I have finished the physical structure of one robot and will finish the other two in another week, while programming for all the three would be done simultaneously. I hope my robots will win the world cup as they have unique features,” says Vaish, a class 12 passout.

Vaish, who has taken a break from his studies to follow his passion, says Isotope took seven months to create. A gadget freak, Diwaker got interested in robotics after his first creation, a racing boat, won the first prize in Quanta in Lucknow in November 2009. Diwaker studied in Bal Bharati Public School in Rajendra Nagar and scored 72 percent in Class 12. But he feels that the education system in India offers little scope for robotics.

“I learned the basics of robotics from the Internet. In counties like Japan, Korea, and the United States, a school student coming up with a robot is very common. But in India only IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) students take up projects on robotics. Awareness on robotics and its possibilities is very low here,” Diwaker says.
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