Robots for everyday life
People with infants often feel the need for monitoring their children during sleep hours. Children may wake up and start crying and the parents may not be nearby to soothe the babies.
This was one of the needs that prompted a Bangladeshi young talent Feroz Ahmed Siddiky, who is also a teacher of United International University (UIU) in Dhaka, to build a voice guided utility robot.
With the robot in place, it is possible for the parents to instantly know the position of the baby for safety and listen to the cries with the help of a remote that will transmit voice and pictures. It is the robot that sends the messages on its own even though the baby cannot speak or use the device.
The robot sends voice and pictures to a person holding the remote using the GPRS core network, which is the central part of the General Packet Radio Service. It allows 2G, 3G and wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) mobile networks to transmit IP packets to external networks such as the internet. The GPRS system is an integrated part of the GSM network switching subsystem.
With the advent of technology, the quality of people's lives is getting better in many aspects. There is technology for almost all conveniences that fit people's lifestyles.
The robot is able to suit a variety of needs. It can direct a disabled person by indicating direction in voice.
Siddiky invented the device as a thesis requirement on his master's programme at the university last year. He said it primarily took nearly Tk 150,000 to make the robot.
But the manufacturing cost of the device will now be Tk 40,000 apiece. “This is a unique invention,” he said.
His thesis project made him a champion at the annual Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) competition under the IT Innovation Search Programme. He received a trophy and a cheque of Tk 100,000 as recognition for his invention on the sidelines of the five-day BASIS Softexpo-2012.
BASIS organised an event in Dhaka on Saturday to award talented individuals and companies for their contribution to the It sector. BASIS awarded 31 companies, professionals and students this year -- 26 awards were given on the basis of competition and five were awarded in recognition of their contribution to software and ICT sector development.
Biplob Ghose Rahul, coordinator of the BASIS event, said responses from the visitors were high this year.
On the sidelines, BASIS received a total of 2,500 applications from job seekers for different IT and software companies.
Of the total number, 500 applicants have been selected primarily. Of the selected candidates more than 300 fresh graduates might get jobs in IT and software companies after final selection, he said.