Harshal Gehlot

Describe yourself: Who you are and what you're doing?
I have studied engineering in the field of electronics and communication at RGTU Bhopal, India.

I'm an active member of Open Robotics Club which aims to promote robotics and provide robotics education worldwide. We provide training and develop programs for school and college students in the field of robotics.

Me along with my team has worked on the project named "Anthropoid" which means human like structure and "Exoskeleton" which is just like a super suit or say an outer frame that will be wored by the humans just to increase the working capacity.

I became a member of this club to promote robotics education, although, I won't call myself a technical expert. I'm here just to help my team and of course, I also get to learn a lot from these experiences.

What inspired your interest in robots / robotics?
My motivation to work in the field of robotics was derived from my colleague Abhinav Singh Thakur. I attended my first robotics workshop when I was studying in the 1st year of my engineering, but it didn't quite ignite that spark into me to continue working it robotics. After meeting Abhinav at his place and talking to him for a while I realized the magic -You can build anything, you can control everything. It's the idea that is really required. Then I could clearly see the future of robotics and its growing need in the world, today and tomorrow. Robotics and automation has made things easier, increased the comfort level and has saved a lot of precious time to us.

What kind of actions need to be taken in the community to increase the interest and awareness about robotics?
Promotion of robotics has to be a planned act. The first step is of course, gathering and sample information about robotics. This information must be discussed and shared with the technical experts so that no miscommunication exists. Once you are through this, share this information with the people around. Sharing this information through the mass media like Newspapers, Internet, etc. will also play a major role in the awareness campaign. Other things are feedbacks from the people you interact with which also can also get your campaign on a fast track. People must be made aware about the benefits they can get from robotics at an affordable cost and be much more efficient at home or at work.

To promote robotics education, I think, the first focus should be on the rural area students and then the urban area students. This awareness needs to be developed at an age when a child decides upon his/her career. I just hope to see robotics education being a part of school children's education. In that way we will have much more development and growth prospects in the field of robotics.

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Harshal Gehlot

Harshal Gehlot has studied engineering in the field of electronics and communication at RGTU Bhopal, India, and he is an active member of Open Robotics Club which aims to promote robotics and provide robotics education worldwide.

 

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