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IDEEN Expo Day 1

September 8th, 2009

5th September, 2009

As expected, AcYut has been a big hit at the Expo on the first day! :) Over 30 odd people tried out the body suit!

This is the overview of the Expo…this is not even 20% of it!!

This is not even 20% of the Expo!!!

A German kid trying out the Body Suit A German kid trying out the Body Suit

Also, check out the following video we uploaded on youtube  where the visitors were trying to control AcYut wearing the body suit.

And amongst many other interesting things, AcYut met the chief minster of the state of Niedersachsen in Germany too! More about that in the next post….

Cheers

Sushma

AcYut is all set to steal the show in IDEEN Expo, Germany!!!

September 2nd, 2009

Hi All,
AcYut is now ready to rock the stage in Germany as well. We are going to participate in IDEEN Expo in Hannover, Germany which will be held from 5th-13th September, 2009. Check out http://www.ideen-expo.de/ for more details.

In the IDEEN Expo, AcYut is not just going to show off its Kung-Fu moves or its dancing skills. We have a made a tele operated remote for AcYut which means any person can wear a body suit specially designed by us and AcYut will mimic the person’s actions exactly. Something akin to a “Waldo“  :) This Body Suit is actually useful in hazardous situations where in we can send a robot to do any dangerous task and we monitor its actions from a safe distance.

The visitors of IDEEN Expo will get to wear this suit and control AcYut’s actions themselves! We’ll keep posting videos of the same regularly throughout the Expo.

Keep watching this space for more updates and cool videos.

Cheers

Sushma

AcYut 2 listed as one of the 8 most endearing robots!

June 25th, 2009

http://www.picspik.com/2009/06/8-most-endearing-robots.html

Ac-Yut II: the Kung-Fu dancing robot

AcYut is India’s first indigenously developed Humanoid and was developed at the Centre for Robotics & Intelligent Systems, BITS Pilani, India. AcYut means the “the imperishable ” or “the one that does not fall down” in Sanskrit. It won the Bronze medal in the middleweight Humanoid category at the 2009 RoboGames that took place in San Francisco.

This cute robot has excellent balance and loves Kung-Fu.
(Source 1 | Source 2 | Photo)

AcYut 3 wins a bronze medal at Robogames 2k9, SFO !

June 17th, 2009

Here is the quick update ( While we are still traveling in the US):

We were aiming for gold but due to a ‘little’ technical glitch AcYut 3 could not fight the final Match :(

Also, Here is the Official Press release :

Indian Team Takes Bronze Medal at 2009 RoboGames

AcYut, the only Indian Humanoid Robot to Compete in the Games, takes India’s first Medal for Annual Competition

Silicon Valley, June 15, 2009 – The AcYut-II robot, designed by students from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani) , India have won the bronze medal in middle weight Humanoid category at the 2009 RoboGames (www.robogames.net) that were held in San Francisco on June 12-14. With this result the BITS Pilani team has won India’s first medal ever for the annual competition. The RoboGames are the world’s biggest open robot competition with over 250 teams participating from 28 different countries in 70 different competitive events. RoboGames is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as “The World’s Largest Robot Competition.”

The AcYut team from the Center for Robotics Intelligent Systems (CRIS) at BITS Pilani built their second humanoid, AcYut-II after placing 6th at the 2008 competition from a group of 30 contenders. AcYut, which translated from Sanskrit means “the one who never falls,” was the only Indian humanoid in RoboGames.

Returning team members, including team leader Samay Kohli and Sushma Vallabhaneni, were joined this year by Mohammad Ariz and Akash Gupta, who were selected from over 150 applications to join the 2009 AcYut team under the guidance of Professor Dr. R.K. Mittal. Following the games, the students will begin a three month research project at the University of Louisiana as part of Center for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, a joint initiative.

“Building cross-university alliances like CRIS allows academic research to flourish,” said Dr. Krishna Saraswat, Rickey/Nielsen Professorship of Engineering at Stanford University who also works with the AcYut-II team. “The students from BITS Pilani who have committed themselves to the AcYut project are a part of the amazing community of researchers, academics and industry leaders who will bring humanoid robotics into our homes, hospitals and businesses.”

Building a Better Robot

The team learned important lessons from last year and applied these for the 2009 competition. AcYut-II is taller than its predecessor and has a higher torque motor which enables it to punch harder. AcYut-II can move very quickly around corners, reducing its chances of falling out of the ring during a Kung Fu match. The students developed a bodysuit for controlling AcYut-II from a distance, allowing the robot to mimic the student’s actions. This enables the robot to perform more complex moves instead of a limited set of pre-programmed moves that are possible with a hand-held remote.

“Their Robot was almost one meter tall and that is an amazing feat of engineering,” said David Calkins, Founder of RoboGames. The results show that the team clearly learned and adapted based on last year’s competition, and proves that their collaborative approach bridging research in India and the U.S. works; the team should be proud.”

AcYut was sponsored by companies including Force10Networks, Sierra Atlantic, Oriental Insurance and Continental Airlines and also received funding from the BITS Alumni Association (BITSAA).

Sierra Atlantic CEO Raju Reddy said “BITS mandates real world experience for its four year degree and requires students to spend nine months in internship programs. With such innovative programs for industry-university collaboration, BITS has always been a source of great talent and we are delighted to partner in their success at RoboGames”.

The BITS-Pilani Alumni Association is hosting a reception on June 16, 2008 at India Community Center (ICC) in Milpitas, Calif., where the students will demonstrate AcYut II to media and thought leaders from the technology industry and academia. Press interested in attending should call Heather Lukens at 212-651-4227, or email her at heather.lukens@fusionpr.com.

About Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani/BITSAA

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani), India’s leading private university, has the reputation of setting the benchmark for industry-university collaboration and pioneering online examinations through the path-breaking BITS admission test.  The University offers degrees in Engineering, Sciences, Business Administration, Economics, Humanities, languages and Arts at its campuses in Pilani, Dubai, Goa, and Hyderabad. In addition, BITS offers a number of work integrated learning programs for Human Resources Development that are utilized by a broad spectrum of Indian corporations. BITSAA is the not-for-profit alumni association of BITS, whose alumni are spread across the globe from Australia to America. Its mission is to enable alumni to initiate and participate in activities which contribute to the general development of BITS Pilani, its staff, and students. It also aims to strengthen the ties of friendship and communication amongst former students, current students, faculty, and friends of the University.

Heather Lukens, heather.lukens@fusionpr.com, 212-651-4227

Kartik Bandhuvula, kartik@bitsaa.org, 650-391-5500

Indian Team Takes Bronze Medal at 2009 RoboGames
Earthtimes (press release)‎12 hours ago‎
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/indian-team-takes-bronze-medal-at-2009-robogames,860924.shtml

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Indian Team Takes Bronze Medal at 2009 RoboGames AcYut, the Only
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)‎11 hours ago‎
http://www.pr-inside.com/indian-team-takes-bronze-medal-at-r1322911.htm
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Indian Team Takes Bronze Medal at 2009 RoboGames
Market Wire (press release)‎12 hours ago‎
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Sierra-Atlantic-1003968.html

AcYut 1 learns some dance moves from Shakti Kapur!

May 27th, 2009

Our very own AcYut learnt some ‘thumkaz’ & ‘jhatkas’ from the indian bollywood super star! Shakti kapur.

AcYut 1 & 2 Dance performances Videos

May 27th, 2009

AcYut 1 Dhoom Dance performance at Quark ‘09 at BITS - Pilani , Goa campus

AcYut 2 Dance performance on Pappu Can’t dance

AcYut 1 at RoboOne XIV at Yokohama City, Japan

Photo Updates Part 2! (January 2009)

February 23rd, 2009

Finally the team is back from the Sierra Atlantic AcYut Tour India 2k9 (Phase-I). We were away for a countrywide tour ( thanks to our instructors for giving us make-ups :) ) giving lectures/demonstrations in various prestigious colleges/schools to propagate our mission of creating and spreading awareness amongst the Indian students in the field of robotics and making people aware of BITS-Pilani’s Humanoid Robotics Programme.

Here are some snaps of the tour.

Demonstration/Lecture at IISc,Bangalore

Team AcYut kicked off the first phase of its educational tour giving a demonstration of AcYut I followed by a lecture on Humanoid Robotics at one of leading research institute in India, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.(http://www.serc.iisc.ernet.in/broadcast_messages/msg12132.html)

Professors/Students attending the demonstration/lecture at IISc

Professors/Students attending the demonstration/lecture at IISc,Bangalore.

Team AcYut at Bishops Cottons School, Bangalore

Team AcYut at Bishops Cottons School, Bangalore. Around 2000 students had gathered to have a glimpse of the India’s First Humanoid, AcYut I.

A Kung-Fu match in progress

Students of Bishop Cottons playing Kung Fu matches with bioloids.

AcYut dancing before the students of Bishops Cottons

AcYut dancing before the students of Bishops Cottons, Bangalore.

Dance demo by AcYut

Dance demo by AcYut I at Bishop Cottons, Bangalore.

"The Audience!!" Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore from class 1st to 6th gathered for the demonstration. This was by far 'the most enjoyed demo' by us. The students were so much fascinated by the robots that they cudn't help but shout "Once more...Once more..."

“The Audience!!” Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore from class 1st to 6th gathered for the demonstration. This was by far ‘the most enjoyed demo’ by us. The students were so much fascinated by the robots that they couldn’t help but shout “Once more…Once more…”

Budding roboteers at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore

Budding roboteers ( class 1st to 6th ) at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore.

AcYut at Kendriya Vidyalaya

AcYut I at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Banglore performing before the students of class 7th onwards.

AcYut reaches City Montessori School, Lucknow. (The Guiness World Record Holder for being the largest school by pupils)

AcYut I reaches City Montessori School, Lucknow. (The Guiness World Record Holder for being the largest school by the number of pupils in a single city)

CMS Students gathered to attend the demonstration/lecture

CMS Students gathered to attend the demonstration/lecture.

Students of HBTI Kanpur having an enlightning session on Humanoid Robotics

Students of Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI), Kanpur having an enlightning session on Humanoid Robotics.

Photo Updates part 1 ! ( October 2008 )

December 5th, 2008

So loads of stuff has been happening since the last post.

The team went to Korea & Japan to give demonstrations ( and learn !).

We completed manufacturing AcYut 2 ( code named sid ). and fitted the new Robotis motors ( thanks to Arun Kanchi @ Force10Networks- BITS Alumnus ).

etc etc.

So while the team gives their end semester exams, i thought i should atleast start with photos :) .

AcYut demonstration at Robo-One XXIV (14) ‘08

AcYut dance demonstration at the 14th edition of Robo-One during Robo Japan 2008 at yokohama city, Japan on 12th October, 2008.

Live TV telecast of AcYut’s dance demonstration at Robo One 14

Crowd during AcYut 1 ’s Dance demonstration

Team AcYut with the legendery Humanoid maker ‘Sugiura-san’

Team Acyut gets tips and tricks on Humanoid walking algorithms from the god himself. ‘Sugiura-san’ is a legendery name in the Humanoid world and he is known for building the Dynamizer series of Humanoids.  Check out his humanoids at Dynamizer’s Official Website (Japanese).

Hello world!

November 13th, 2008

Finally installed wordpress on the new acyut domain.

Starting to shift acyut.wordpress.com content to the new domain.

Work Resumes………………….

September 14th, 2008

So… after a day’s hard work of clearing up the lab ,our work resumed in full swing. The first phase of designing is almost done…. Have entered phase 2 and will then begin manufacturing the parts…. Still a long way to go but then , “well begun is half done…” . Even the moves are being conceptualised  side by side…… watch out for further updates as we surge ahead in our quest to build the perfect humanoid…

Cheers!!!!!!!!

- Arnav

Team Acyut