UNVEILING OF SARA, A LIFE-SIZED HUMANOID ROBOT
23rd September 2019, Chennai: SARA, a life-sized humanoid robot conceptualised and
developed by the students of Shri Shankarlal Sundarbhai Shasun Jain College for Women was
unveiled in the college by Mr. Gopinath Chandran and Mr. Erode Mahesh in the presence of
Mr. Aseem Tamboli, Director, Deskera and Mr. L. Ashok, Managing Director, Futurenet
Technologies. In association with Do-It-Yourself Academy (DIYA), it is for the very first time
that students of an arts & science college have developed a robot.
SARA, the robot is six feet tall weighing 29.2 kgs and is driven by AI technology. It is supported
with an inbuilt sensor and face recognition technology that identifies and welcomes guests
with a warm handshake. Capable of answering queries about the college, SARA will help
visitors understand the student-centric uniqueness present in the college. The robot, having
a 7-inch tablet as an interface, was entirely designed by the students of Shasun Jain College
for Women and was completed within 6 months.
Most robots today are designed to do repetitive actions or jobs which are considered too
harmful for humans and are mostly used in industrial spaces for tasks such as building
vehicles. With the evolution of robot technology and robots being the need of the hour, SARA
is a great innovation in the field of human interfacing robotics.
The team of students involved in the making of the robot included S. Nivedeinee, R.
Madhumitha, A. Khushi, S. Vithika, R. Hemapriya and M. Bhavana Kanooga under the
guidance of teachers from the Digital Transformation Team of the college.
Commenting on the success of the students, Dr. S. Padmavathi, Principal of Shri Shankarlal
Sundarbhai Shasun Jain College for Women said, “Shasun has always viewed education as a
holistic learning experience, where students develop into well-rounded personalities who are
sensitive to ethics and society. The management of the college always supports extraordinary
endeavors of the students to ensure that they get practical knowledge and learn from the best.
We the staff are extremely proud of our students who have designed SARA and contributed to
the success of the college.”
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