It all started when the team of undergraduate students built a prototype biped with scrap aluminium and motors lying in the Robotics lab at BITS-Pilani. The eight member team at CRIS (Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems) named the humanoid robot ‘AcYut’, which translates to: “The one who never falls.” They took first prototype to Robogames, the world’s largest open robot competition in 2008, where it came sixth place.
“We were against 250 teams, who came from around 26 countries. It was an enriching experience. We learnt a lot more about humanoid designs and the shortcomings of AcYut 1.” says the team diary.
With new insights, they spent Rs 30 lakh on the second prototype the following year, equipping it with more powerful motors that costed $450-500 each. A stronger, faster, and bulkier AcYut II bagged a Bronze medal at Robogames this year at in the middle weight humanoid combat category.
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