SP Robotics Works which provides robotic education to school and college students today announces the launch of the first food serving robot named Butler ‘O’ Bistro (BOB) in Bengaluru’s VR mall. The startup provides robotic education (practical experiments with Mechanical, Electronics, Programming and Algorithm framing) – a multi—disciplinary engineering platform with enough fun quotient to school students from age 12 to 17 in the brand name called Kidobotikz. Developed by Kidobotikz community members – Arjun (age 13), Anish (12), Srivatsan (13) and Varsha (20) the robot can be seen serving food once the order is placed.
Once you order food at the counter, there is no more a need to wait and walk all the way back to the counter to collect it! The food which is readied in the kitchen is placed on the robot. Once given a go ahead, BoB begins its journey along the predetermined route from the kitchen to the tables. Using wheels for traction, it follows a line embedded on the floor to move between locations. It also has ultrasonic sensors that gauge the distance between itself and passersby. Once it reaches the destination, the robot greets the guests with a smile and requests them to receive the food. After the food tray has been emptied, it greets them with a smile and begins to go back to its place in the kitchen.
VR Mall, promoted by VirtousRetail group, one of the largest real estate promoters in India is exploring to use this solution across its food-courts in the country and set a precedent in the food-serving techniques.
How it started?
The journey of the startup began in August, 2012 when two Anna University Electrical and Electronic Engineering Students, Pranavan and Sneha Priya, tried to decrease the usage of man-power for monotonous, hazardous and unstable works and rather use the brains for developing technologies for the future. Working together as a team for more than 7 years now, the pair has won accolades from all Major Universities in India and also representing India for their robotics expertise.
Kidobotikz is an e-learning startup which focuses on providing maker-centric education for ages 11+. With robotics as a theme, the company has a series of kits that concentrate on teaching Electronics, Mechanical and Programming (The core fields of any tech). The startup raised INR 2 Crore investments from The Indian Angel Network and The Chennai Angels in March 2016 to solve the problem of availability of technical education for ages 11+. Kidobotikz, today, has an AI (Artificial Intelligence) that teaches technologies with hands-on experiments and personalizes the learning experience by interacting with the learner. It also helps in finding the field of strength (Electronics, Mechanical or Programming) – what a person is really good at – and helps them to focus on it and become a master of it in the future !
Apart from the learning, Kidobotikz provides opportunity for their members to use their knowledge in developing robots in real-time and thereby develop professional skills too (that is what every industry requires today). The Chennai community has already done many such implements – like the Swachh Bot (For cleaning the beaches), Agri Bot (for weeding), and the company decided to provide such opportunities for the newly developed Bangalore community too.
Arjun (Programming), Anish (Mechanical and Electronics), Srivatsan (Electronics) and Varsha (Electronics) are part of the Kidobotikz community, whose strengths in these fields were analyzed by the AI and an opportunity to be part of a real-time project was provided to them ! Having grabbed the opportunity, it has taken 2 months for the team to complete the robot. Anish worked on the mechanical designing (the structure) and electronics design (sensor placements, face design, microcontroller wirings etc) and Arjun gave the brain to the robot by coding the logics to complete the task. Professional help was rendered by Kidobotikz engineers in implementing complex algorithms and Arjun’s father in making of the structure with wood (he loves carpentry and has a small workshop setup in his home). Such exposure on looking at the professional methods are sure to build the young mind to be future ready.