Move over Sophia, meet Shalu, India's first social humanoid robot
New Delhi: Everyone remembers Sophia, the sophisticated humanoid robot? Well, meet Shalu, a Kendriya Vidyalaya teacher's attempt at making an Indian version of a humanoid robot that can do a lot more than Sophia ever could.
Inspired by the likes of Bollywood movie ‘Robot’, a computer science teacher in Mumbai has designed a humanoid robot which can speak about 47 languages – 9 Indian and 38 foreign languages.
Dinesh Patel, Computer Science teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya in IIT Powai, designed this robot named Shalu. He says it is India’s first social humanroid robot and it can be even deployed to answer queries of students including Maths.
Patel told IANS, “Shalu has been developed using waste materials like plastic, cardboard, wood, aluminium, etc. It took three years to develop it and the expenditure was around Rs 50,000.”
He said this is a prototype and it can recognise someone, memorise things, answer questions related to General Knowledge, Maths, etc.
Meet Shalu on her official YouTube channel:
She comes across somewhere between Amazon Echo's Alexa and Goggle Assistant's female voice. Not bad for a school teacher to be able to achieve this feat, don't you think?