"Intelligence and capabilities are very subjective. Even the simplest action may become the best intelligent way of tackling an issue at a point in time."
– Dr. Prahlad Vadakkepat

PROJECTS


Design and Development of Novel Self-Transfer Devices for Wheel Chair Users
Patent Pending; vide application number 3078/CHE/2013 dated July 9, 2013; 
Current Status: Application Awaiting Examination
  • Wheelchair users face great difficulty in transferring themselves from one surface to another, for example from wheelchair to a toilet commode. In such cases, mostly a caregiver’s assistance may be required, but it affects one’s dignity.
  • A robotic self-transfer device and a manual self-transfer device aimed at offering privacy and independence to lower limb disabled in performing daily activities have been developed.
  • The device- robotic or manual, attached to a wheelchair is useful in transferring a user from a wheelchair to a toilet commode or any another surface following simple and natural transfer procedure without the need of any caregiver.
  • The user can achieve transfer by operating joysticks in the case of manual version and makes use of the available upper body strength of the user for transfer in the manual version.
  • While the robotic version employs two linear actuators and a motor to accomplish the transfer, the manual version employs lockable gas springs and handwheel with epicyclic gear train to achieve transfer.
  • Trials were carried out to test the overall acceptability of the devices by involving potential beneficiaries and devices could successfully transfer the participants from a wheelchair to a chair with less effort in less than a minute. 
  • The manual version is first of its kind in the world and it was also found that the robotic version is superior to the other existing transfer systems in terms of comfort and operation.

Developing an 8 DoF Humanoid- EKINBOT and achieving Human Robot Interaction

Locomotion of a Humanoid robot with lesser number of actuators is a choice of interest, as it leads to energy efficient design. This work  emphasis on design of a humanoid robot with minimal actuation, minimal control and minimum development cost. The work covered, design considerations and methods used for balancing and walking gait generation of a Humanoid Robot with 8 Degrees of Freedom. The robot finds a place in between the most sophisticated, complex humanoid robots and simple, miniaturized humanoids. Hand motion tracking and Gesture recognition are fundamental technologies for Human-Computer interaction. Same technology has been adapted for Human- Robot Interaction. For which a mechanism analogous to ‘Data Glove’ has been used. The main objective of the project was to design a simplified Humanoid Robot with lesser number of actuators, make it walk successfully, perform certain common robot applications like obstacle detection and finally the Human Robot Interaction.