Robot makers, Thiyam Nandalal (left) and Arnold Khundongbam in Imphal

Imphal: Young minds of Manipur continued to aspire and excel in various fields without having to compromise the shortage of resources being available in the state. In yet another milestone in the field of science and technology of the state, two young developers from the region have come up with a robot that could detect bombs.

The young innovators, Thiyam Nandalal (20) and Arnold Khundongbam (15) have jointly developed a remote control robot which can detect explosive devices by using radio waves from a distance of one kilometre. And if upgraded from its prototype stage to a fully functional object, it could likely pave a way to advanced technology for the state police bomb squad.

However, all these things would be possible only by getting financial supports from various stakeholders, including the state government.

Bomb detector robot being displayed in Imphal

“I came across an article in a newspaper where our state police bomb squad are risking their lives due to lack of advanced technology. That’s how I got an idea of creating this bomb detector robot which could at least serve its purpose,” said Nandalal.

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So far, as informed by them, the duo has limited resources which eventually took them a year to convert their ideas into a tangible object and so far have spent nearly Rs 1 lakh.

“We met at one of the science exhibitions where Nandalal proposed me to complete the project together since we shared the common interest of making robots,” added Arnold.

With metallic hands to pick up the materials, the robot is equipped with two cameras, one in a front and the other on the back, to see the bombs, however, the duo are planning to add metal detector and sensor device in future.

Apart from the hydraulic pump which was imported from Singapore, batteries and motor, the duo customised the parts used in the robot, including the tyres.

These two young innovators have already been in the limelight earlier for creating robots which caught huge attention from the people.

In 2017, Nandalal, who currently preparing to study engineering, had constructed JON17 from scraps without any formal training or expertise in the field but out of his sheer interest and curiosity-cum-self drove knowledge. He was studying in Class XII at Johnstone Higher Secondary School then.

Similarly, Arnold who is studying at Khongjom Standard English School in Thoubal district too has a robot in his own kitty.

He designed and developed a humanoid robot in October last.

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