IBM, Maharashtra Institution Of Technology Pune Introduced Watson-Powered Robot Chintu
In Pune, students at the Maharashtra Institution of Technology (MIT) have developed a robot powered by the US- based companies cognitive assistant, IBM’s Watson platform. The robot is called Chintu, and it is meant to assist the senior citizen. Robot Chintu is less than 2 feet tall and draws from Watson’s domain knowledge. From IBM, the robot is developed with a grant worth Rs.10 lakh.
The robot Chintu can move its hand and can read books to an audience, and it uses Watson’s cognitive intelligence to do so. Vaishali Kulkarni, Professor and Head of Computer Engineering Department at MIT Pune said that robot is meant to assist senior citizen to conduct everyday tasks like reading newspaper and books, generating reminders on daily medications, etc.
The Chintu is also called as NAO robot. The robot Chintu is not ready to be used for mainstream applications, but the students would reportedly put in some more work to add functionalities to it. Also, the Professor added that the students had been working on the projects for the past few months. The robot Chintu is still a few years from becoming mainstream, the students will continue to work on him to add more functionalities. And she said that this has also opened up a new and exciting research avenue for our students.
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Machine learning, cognitive computing, Robotics are exciting fields of research today, and our students are getting first-hand experience of working in these areas. The project is an excellent example of co-creation said Mezjan Dallas, University Relations Leader at IBM India. And he said, ” you put high technology in the hands of bright and enthusiastic students, you give them freedom and a fun element, and India’s next generation of engineers start to do magical things.”