We are the RoboTech Club of the National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar.
This student-run club was established in 2015, along the lines of similar clubs in the IITs and various engineering colleges.
Recently, we have recevied funding from the School of Computer Sciences, and we are in the process of setting up a cutting-edge lab, that has all the requisite modern tools, such as 3D Printers,
various micro-controllers, machining toolkits and numerous other instruments.
Initially set up as a means to serve the hobbies of a group of robotics enthusiasts, the club has grown into a much bigger endeavour, with more than 70 club members. We seek to provide the students of NISER with the opportunity to turn their novel ideas into reality. Most of our current projects are direct products of the hardwork of such innovative students. We have worked on several fun and useful projects, listed in the next section. We also love to do competitive robotics and participate in various Robotics Competitions, held around the country's universities. We have a number of projects dedicated to those competitions.
We have also collaborated with the NISER Astronomy Club (NAC) and the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (SEPS), in the past. Quite recently, we worked with SEPS to build an illustrative model of the Pragyan Rover, a part of ISRO's Chandrayaan - II Mission. The model was put on display, during a series of talks and discussions over the Moon Landing Mission, on September 07, 2019.
At the bottom, robotics is about us. It is the discipline of emulating our lives - of wondering how we work. — Dr. Roderic A. Grupen
Made, in collaboration with the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, for the historic Chandrayaan - II Moon Landing, on September 07, 2019!
This robot can sketch images on a sheet of paper, using a pen, mounted on a twin-axis system, typical of CNC mechines.
The drawing system is controlled using an Arduino UNO.
In the near future, we intend to couple this sketching system, with an image processing unit and make it a robotic Picaso 🎨!
Based on a Raspberry Pi 3b, this is a Smart Mirror (largely an implementation of MichMich's MagicMirror 2.0),
which also features Google Assistant, hosts our ownCloud, and is capable of casting phone or PC displays.
All other features aside, it compliments you everytime, you look at it. Well, who doesn't like compliments 😄!
This project is the result of a collaboration with the NISER Astronomy Club.
It consists of a basic setup, that can detect radio waves, coming from target celestial body, with a maximum frequency of 22 KHz.
The main component is a Satellite Dish and a Satellite Finder, used to measure intensity of waves falling on it.
At the moment, we can detect Solar Radiation, at an intensity of about 8 dB.
Our main objective, with this project, is educational - to learn the analysis of astrophysical data and to raise awareness among people, about radio astronomy.
This is a Solid State Tesla Coil (Slayer Exciter), that can output upto 1200 V and lights up fluorescent bulbs, held in close proximity. It can also transmit wirless electricity (~5 V, albeit with lots of noise) to small circuits.
Since, the circuit is simple to understand and easy to build, we can use it for educational purposes for common people, interested in understanding wireless power transmission.
If you love to make robots and see them rolling in soccer arena, then you’ll love this! This bot can play soccer by dribbling and kicking a ball, though not as good as a real soccer player.
Powered by a 12 V Battery Pack, this robot is controlled, using a simple remote control. For movements, it makes use of 4 metal-geared motors (300 RPM) and it uses a 500 RPM geared motor, connected to metal shaft, for kicking the ball.
With multiple of these, we can have a marvelous robo soccer match!
We plan to make a 8-bit computer on breadboard, using only simple logic gates.
Its main objective would be to understand computer logic at the very basic level and see how things work at that level.
It ia a big project, but we would work gradually and make each module progressively, and learn how information is processed electronically.
It will consist of various modules, such as, a Clock, Registers, an Arthimetic Logic Unit, an Output Register and a 16-Bit RAM.
For more information, check out: https://eater.net/8bit/
A Line-Following Robot is an autonomous robot, which is able to follow either a black or white line, that is drawn on a surface, consisting of contrasting colours.
It uses several sensors, using an Arduino Uno, to identify the line, thereby allowing it to stay on the track.
This project aims to fine-tune the movement of the robot and enhance the performance, by proper tweaking of the control parameters.