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MIT Pune, IBM unveil robot 'Chintu' to assist senior citizens

Chintu was developed after MIT Pune received a grant of Rs 10 lakh last year from IBM

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chintu, MIT Pune, IBM
Chintu interacting with kids Photo: Twitter

The students of Maharashtra Institute of (MIT) Pune and giant have developed a robot, Chintu, which would assist in their everyday tasks.

Chintu, under 2ft tall robot, was developed after received a grant of Rs 10 lakh last year from

It is powered by the US-based company's cognitive assistant, Watson. can move his hands and read books to an audience.

"Drawing from Watson's domain knowledge, will assist in conducting everyday tasks such as reading the newspaper/book and generate reminders on their daily medication," Professor and Head of Computer Engineering Department at MIT Pune, Vrushali Kulkarni, told PTI.

She added that the students have been working on the project for the past few months. While 'Chintu' is still a few years from becoming mainstream, the students will continue to work on him to add functionalities.

"This has also opened up a new and exciting research avenue for our students. Robotics, and are interesting fields of research today and our students are getting first-hand experience of working in these fields," she said.

Mezjan Dallas, University Relations Leader at India said the project is a great example of co-creation.

"You put great in the hands of bright and enthusiastic students, you give them freedom and a fun element and India's next generation of engineers start to do magical things," he said.

First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 20:43 IST