Mitra is an indigenous humanoid robot made of fiberglass. It has been programmed to greet customers and interact using facial and speech recognition, contextual help, and autonomous navigation. The robot greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Hyderabad.
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The visual of Mitra being assembled; all parts of the robot were sourced from India. Facebook
Mitra and its partner were the two bots designed by Balaji Viswanathan and his 14-member team, who domestically sourced all the parts except for the chips needed to build them. The Indian robot is serving humans in a few Canara Bank branches as well as P.V.R Cinema outlets in Bengaluru.
One can rent the robot for interactive sessions at offices, hotels and private birthday parties, through www.mitrarobot.com.
Mitra is a home robot that can also be used for domestic help. Facebook
All work and no play might make Mitra dull. While one day might entail engaging with our Prime Minister and the U.S President's daughter, another day might see the humanoid have fun. Says Vishwanathan to the Economic Times, "People rent out Mitra for weddings and birthday parties. It moves around like a loud jukebox playing songs, takes pictures, also tweets those out if you want it to."
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump pressing a button each on Mitra's display screen. Facebook
Things didn't go as planned for Invento CEO Balaji Viswanathan at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017. Both Ivanka Trump and Prime Minister Modi were supposed to separately press a button each on the robot's touch display. However, both of them pressed the buttons at the same time. A few awkward seconds of silence later, one of them raised a finger again, and the device registered.