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Source: The post is based on the article “Svaya Robotics develops 1st indigenous quadruped robot, exoskeleton in India” published in The New Indian Express on 15th March 2023
What is the News?
Hyderabad-based Svaya Robotics has developed India’s first indigenous quadruped (four-legged) robot and exoskeleton for the defence sector.
Note: India currently imports these robots from the US and Switzerland to help strengthen the country’s defence capabilities.
What are Quadruped robots?
Quadruped robots are four-legged robots which can walk or run on uneven and rough terrains.
For example, in Leh, where soldiers have to navigate through unfavourable conditions, these robots can be used.
These are also useful in recognising terrorist activities and other unsafe locations and capturing the visuals which can be monitored from any part of the country.
The robots developed can carry 25 kg in payload and walk along with the soldier. These robots can also be used in nuclear plants and other industries as well.
What are exoskeletons?
Exoskeletons are wearable devices that work in tandem with the user. The opposite of an exoskeleton device would be an autonomous robot that works instead of the operator.
Exoskeletons are placed on the user’s body and act as amplifiers that augment, reinforce or restore human performance. The opposite would be a mechanical prosthetic, such as a robotic arm or leg that replaces the original body part.
Why have exoskeletons been developed?
It is developed to suit Indian soldiers’ anthropometry and augment soldier strength for walking long distances.
These active exoskeletons, when worn by soldiers, can carry heavy loads without expending much effort.