The Engineering student team from the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus, develop a patented wall painting robot, named “WallpBot”. The students, Harikrishnan J., Aravind Sadashiv, Allen Peter John and Arya Sudarsan, under the mentorship of Dr. Purushothaman A. (Vice Chairperson, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus), developed a robot which ascends tall walls upon which it gets mounted, independently, and simultaneously paints the surface without compromising the finish. This robot combines machine learning and computer vision with standard robotics methods to achieve its goals. The student team had participated in James Dyson award international design competition. They were also a semi-finalist in the Accenture innovation challenge. The “WallpBot” has also been filed as a patent.
The idea was to create the simplest possible solution to paint tall walls and save human counterparts from health hazards and painting accidents. The Phase 1 prototype was successfully built and tested under the mentorship of Dr. Purushothaman A at the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) of Amritapuri Campus.