New Delhi: A Delhi engineer has begun manufacturing robots and UAVs for the Indian armed forces. The Indian engineer, Aakash Sinha, is making possible a world where robots can give one company, serve water and guard skies.
Aakash Sinha, the Founder of Omnipresent Robot Technologies, said, "When I was a child, I'd get Dad to buy me a kit and then take it apart. Then I'd ask him to buy another one. But they understood and they really supported me. My family was full of lawyers. God knows why they let me be an engineer."
His love for robots took the Delhi College of Engineering graduate to Carnegie Mellon, America's top university for robotics and computer science. Once he was there, he made a car that could drive itself, for a US Army research project. Then, he helped make the Packbot, a military robot now widely used in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Today, Aakash makes robots for the Indian armed forces. He has made a model for the DRDO, which he says could be useful in situations like the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
"It can see and hear what's happening inside, pick up bombs, climb the stairs. It can be remotely controlled. It weighs just 25 kilos but lifts almost 50 kg in weight. It's so light, you can carry it in the trunk of your car," Aakash said.
After a gold medal from the Department of Science and Technology this year, Aakash is aiming even higher. He now mentors talented Indians and absorbs them into the company he runs.
Even with family, robots are never far away. His daughter Anisha seems interested in the family business. Aakash's wife Jyoti, an award winning engineer herself, has a special gift planned for him, next Valentines. "On February 14, just like soft toys, there should be a robot no? But real love - only a human can show," Jyoti said.