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IIT Kharagpur designs a robotic system to help farmers

Education Minister Tweeted

New Delhi :

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) has designed a robotic system to help farmers. The robotic system is designed to identify the diseases plaguing plants through camera captured image analysis. This device will help protect farmers form probable health hazards.

Holding the camera and pesticide spraying nozzle –
The robotic system consists of a tracked vehicle suitable for negotiating rough terrain field, a device mounted on the tracked vehicle capable of holding the camera and pesticide spraying nozzle, a pesticide spraying module, and camera-based vision module, an institute spokesperson said on Thursday.

Plant diseases using camera and image analysis –
Prof. D.K Pratihar, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering who is leading this innovative project said, “Our device can detect the plant diseases using camera and image analysis and consequently remove it.” He said this will help the farmers detect the disease accurately in their plants.

Final assembly of the robotic system –
Again use of such a device instead of manual operation of spraying pesticide will protect the farmers from related probable health hazards. The developed robotic system is a battery-driven one and once fully charged, it will be able to perform its duty in the field for about two hours.

The robot will be operated remotely using buttons placed on a control panel and thus, a specialist technician may not be required for operating the robot in the field. We will soon resume the final assembly of the robotic system and field testing as we are recovering from the present COVID-situation. We have further plans in the future to make this robot intelligent,” said Prof Pratihar.

Education Minister Tweeted-
“.@IITKgp has designed a robotic system that can identify the diseases plaguing plants through camera-captured image analysis. The device will help protect our farmers from probable health hazards. A truly wonderful innovation under #AatmanirbharBharat!”, tweeted Dr RP Nishank’, Education Minister. He shared this great innovation of IIT Kharagpur and appreciated for this invention to help the farmers.

IIT Bombay starts work on designing an X-ray space telescope to study gravitational waves

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New Delhi :

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Bombay) has started to work on their 5th space thermed project. IIT-Bombay begun work in designing an X-ray space telescope which is named as ‘Daskha’ to study gravitational waves.

To ensure continuous coverage of the entire sky –
The project comprises two satellites to be deployed on opposite sides of the earth to ensure continuous coverage of the entire sky. Like India’s first space telescope, Astrosat Daksha will be deployed 650 metres above the earth’s surface.

What are Gravitational Waves? –
Gravitational waves are ‘ripples’ in space-time caused by some of the most violent and energetic processes in the Universe. These cosmic ripples would travel at the speed of light, carrying with them information about their origins, as well as clues to the nature of gravity itself.

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