Bangladeshi Develops Humanoid Robot From Scrap|
Mon Oct 8, 2007 11:11am EDT
By Azad Majumder
DHAKA (Reuters) - Move over Japan? A Bangladeshi graduate student is
developing a robot capable of picking up objects, mopping floors and performing
other simple tasks -- at the fraction of the cost of other humanoids.
Feroz Ahmed Siddiky of the International Islamic University in Chittagong
says his "IRobo" responds to voice commands, has spatial intelligence and is
cheap because it's made from scrap materials he's collected from electronic
shops and car mechanics.
"On completion, this robot will comply with different verbal commands for
tasks like shifting objects, cleaning floors and standing guard," Siddiky told
"It can also be used for some risky jobs like in coal mines, where workers
commonly suffer many accidents."
Siddiky has been working on the robot for two years and says he has got
another year's worth of engineering to do before its completed. He said he is
currently discussing commercial production of the robot with an Australian
"I hope people will be able to buy it for less than $1,000," he added.
Cyber-crazy Japan is hooked on androids with several companies selling robots
that mimic human action for medical and cleaning purposes, as well as
Original article: Reuters
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