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A Kerala-based startup has come up with a technology-aided solution to fight the evil practice of manual scavenging which is widely prevalent across India.’Bandicoot’, as the bot is called is the brainchild of Genrobotics.The machine weighs 80 kilograms, but the part of it which goes inside the whole, which is the main operating part weighs only 30 kilograms and the manufacturing cost is somewhere between 3 lakhs to 5 lakhs.
The machine is installed on the top of a clogged sewage line.A wire from the machine that carries a camera enters the hole and displays the picture of the problem areas inside the hole on a screen that is fixed above.After this, the robot degenerates itself and the main machine goes into the hole taking tools such as a shovel or a jet pipe, depending on the magnitude of the problem, and cleans the system.
In an international conference conducted recently by the American Society of Research, out of 13 papers submitted, a paper on Bandicoot was selected as the best.The paper was published in the International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research.
The Genrobotics team want to engage manual scavengers to operate this machine so that they do not become jobless.
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