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My journey towards IoT skilling was accidental. I was asked by my bosses working then for an Automotive major to make a use case with security in mind for connected factory and digital twins.
Cloud was nascent then and seen more like a VM over the internet (IaaS as it came to be known later). Needless to say, We could hardly make any progress on the use case.
The struggle we had then were plenty – mainly concerns on security, easy first wins, prototypes and also on an approach for fast scalability. No one from business liked the idea even of being controlled from internet.
My second chance with IoT came while I was contemplating my own StartUp for hardware robotics and needed a chip which would talk to the internet, run a http server, read servers and do some event processing.I actually never liked the LED On Off gigs that used to run then as a demo. I then used an ethernet shield over a LAN using Arduino UNO and it worked but I did not like that I had to use a LAN cable.
Some research got me to ESP01 then – and it was a nightmare getting that to work. (We have ESP12E now - works like a cake).
Things have changed now and for good. I especially like the Azure IoT stack offered.
(Image left: Keya IoT Twitter plant I made back in 2014). Oh! My orchid.
(Azure IoT Stack - Source Microsoft docs)
My tips & steps for starters while starting Azure IoT Skills are as follows –
1. Start with an IoT Hub as it allows both cloud to device & device to cloud communication
2. Start with a NodeJS app to send and receive simulated telemetry to/from the IoT Hub
3. Try to interface the simulated date over a Azure blob
4. Use a real sensor now, you can use DHT 11 or DHT22 or BMP180 (Real cheap) with ESP8266 (Use ESP12E board) to replicate steps 2,3
5. Go serverless & try to use Azure functions now, example if the temperature is above 30 degrees send an email
6. Finally, stick an ML algorithm within Stream analytics to predict rainfall using humidity & temperature values from the sensor. The AI app is found in the gallery. I never got a great model but in range of 60% probability. (Does the job for now - Comment up if you got a better score).
By being successful, in these six steps, you would be much more confident to skills on the SaaS aspect of IoT.
You may also consider using a Raspberry Pi instead of ESP12E/ESP Huzzah but it would cost you more plus you need to get that Pi is a Single board computer and ESP is a microcontroller. A microcontroller is much better suited to run a specific hardware task (read sensor here) in an infinite loop. But again, if you have a Pi Handy – Get it headless and connect the sensors.
Shoutout@ I have launched an Iot Series over Udemy and if you have liked this approach and need extra support in a short time then check out below courses from me. You wil have my 121 support via Udemy in this course via QA to get you a successful PoC for IoT.
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MieRobot was invited for TARANG 2018, which is the annual management fest for National Institute of Technology, SOMS Calicut.
It was a fun-filled day along with a workshop from MieRobot on 'Healthcare analytics' under Pythoncognoscens. The event was attended from eminent B Schools and engineering colleges.
In the analytics workshop, we discussed various healthcare models related to finance and reimbursements from the USA healthcare industry.
As part of the Python handson, we used the NHAMCS and PIMA Indians dataset and went to define an analytics model.
There was a special mention for Vishnufrom MBA NIT Calicut SOMS; who was one of the primary event coordinators from NIT SOMS. Thank you, Vishnu!
There were multiple events which went in parallel like the interface startup mentorship workshop & symposiums. Special thanks to Teenuwho is an MBA student from SOMS NIT Calicut for sharing the pictures.
Winner of the #MieRobotAtNITC is: Siddharth Ahuja from Christ University, MBA, Bengaluru. Siddharth wins a MieRobot appreciation certificate and a fair LinkedIn testimonial from Anirban, Founder MieRobot.
Did we miss your college?
We got you covered. Please email hello@mierobot.com to initiate a discussion for skilling in machine learning and analytics.
About Author: Anirban runs an B2B EduTech startup brand called MieRobot.com which provides on-campus employability solutions in areas of Machine learning, Blockchain,UX,Data Science, Robotics and Product Management. You can say him a hello at hello@mierobot.com
Anirban in his past role had 14 years of international experience in management & technology in the UK, Germany, Singapore, Austria & India. He coaches on IQ-EQ balance & is a great promoter of skilling for employability.
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We caught up with Mr.Irfan Vakkayil who is one of the founders of Fenbits Technology Solutions.
Fenbits is an emerging start-up company offering effective, lower-cost, robust methods in the field of water pollution control, river cleaning and environmental conservation.
Here is the interview with - Mr.Irfan Vakkayil
1. Welcome Irfan. Tell us something about you and your robots?
Hi, I am Irfan, a recent engineering graduate. Currently, one of the founders of Fenbits Technology Solutions . Fenbits is a cleantech startup based in India and UAE. It all started with our passion for clean waters.
'After six months of rigorous effort and hard work by a very ardent team we developed Fenbot which turned out to be India's first aquatic robot for water quality monitoring and pollutant tracking'.
As times changed we noticed the drastic effects of pollution in our natural water bodies and set on our quest to find a solution. We started by developing a robot that can assist in tracking pollutants in water and ended up with a smart solution to clean aquatic trash. There are two types of pollutants in water. 1. Macro pollutants ( visible to naked eye ) 3. Micro pollutants (pathogens, dissolved chemicals etc)
Our first challenge was to develop an autonomous floating robot which can analyze what kind of pollutant we are dealing with, the extent and origin. After six months of rigorous effort and hard work by a very ardent team we developed Fenbot which turned out to be India's first aquatic robot for water quality monitoring and pollutant tracking.
This robot tests pollution levels in rivers, generates 3D maps (pH, DO, Turbidity, Temperature, Nutrients) and collects more than 60 water sample results per minute. The prototype was first tested in December 2016, and successfully conducted three major survey's for the Government of Kerala. Followed by success of Fenbot, we found that most of the pollutants were aquatic trash largely made up of plastic harming our marine life. We then extended our product to clean these pollutants using unmanned assistance and thats how Bluephin came to life.
Bluephin is an intelligent autonomous waste collecting robot powered by AI. They collect upto 350 kg of trash in 2 hours, and does not emit carbon when working in water. Bluephin can operate as swarm of robots for increased trash collection capacity.
'We faced a lot of challenges from the very beginning. But I am a firm believer that without facing challenges we don’t find our true definition as entrepreneurs'.
With 16 hours endurance. Bluephin is also equipped with a smart waste basket and an automatic lid that closes when the basket is full of trash. Thus providing a more effective and efficient waste collection system.
2. Mostly students strive for jobs or higher education. What made you take the leap into business?I think there is a lot of opportunity in doing business than getting a job or going for higher studies. For me it's about following my passion and at the meantime finding potential customers and delivering services.3. What are the early challenges you faced as an entrepreneur?We faced a lot of challenges from the very beginning. But I am a firm believer that without facing challenges we don’t find our true definition as entrepreneurs. Some of they key problems which we came across are mentorship and adequate funding. It was difficult to find pioneers in our field. So we relied much on international journals, research materials, and DIY videos.
'MieRobot is a must read platform for all robotic enthusiasts . There is a good track record of all current trends in the industry. A good place for beginners especially students to enhance their robotic skills and engage with excellent mentors'.
4. What is the technical stack for your robot (BluePin/Fenbots)? (Example# ROS with Kinematics, LibrePilot FCB etc with C++)BLUEPHINS and FENBOT are primarily developed by integrating Unmanned Systems technology, robotics, marine construction and water treatment methods. The common programming languages we use includes C++ (for Micro-controllers), Python (for process dynamics and control).
We also use OpenCV for object detection.5.If you had to do your engineering again – which subject would you study as there is no tomorrow?Well, that's a hard one. I think I would study Mechatronics after seeing its power in application.
6. What is your message and tips for young students round the world who wish to make robots/be in robotics?The scope and applications of robotics is limitless. Not a lot of fields combine creativity with technology unlike robotics does. Of course there are a lot of challenges that beginners face in robotics . But don't be disappointed or discouraged. We live in the information age. All you need is to ask and find out. The more you seek the more you learn.7.What is your view/message about MieRobot?MieRobot is a must read platform for all robotic enthusiasts . There is a good track record of all current trends in the industry. A good place for beginners especially students to enhance their robotic skills and engage with excellent mentors.
About Author: About Author: Anirban runs an EduTech startup brand called MieRobot.com which provides on-campus employability solutions in areas of Machine learning, AI, UX,Data Science, Robotics and Product Management. You can say him a hello at hello@mierobot.com
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We are super excited to announce that our second batch of campus ambassador (referred as CA in the rest of this page) is now open for CSE students.
This blog will call out the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) for this track -
# Who can apply?
CSE Students from 2nd/3rd/final year can apply for this track.
# What needs to be done by a CA?
A MieRobot CA represents the brand in the campus. The role will need to market MieRobot in college facebook page and whatsapp group for publication of final year projects & our workshops in machine learning/AI/Computer Vision areas.
The role also needs to present atleast one seminar to students in machine learning (we provide the slides & mentoring).
# Do the CA need to present the seminar? Who will make the slides?
We have visited several engineering colleges for free seminar in areas of AI and machine learning. So we need CA's to take over this role in the campus as we can not cover all engineering colleges.
Yes, the CA is to present the seminar but MieRobot will provide the slides and also mentor via some videos to bring the CA upto speed to deliver the seminar.
# In which topic I am supposed to present the seminar?
Only, one topic. 'Machine learning - Careers and roadmaps to learn'.
# Is this internship? Is this paid?
An internship is a temporary role in an organisation so this is not an internship. No this is not paid and neither we charge any money from CA's.
If you are able to present one seminar & market our offerings well we will provide you a certificate & one MieRobot goodie (You may choose between a coffee cup & a Tshirt).
Please note that selection does not gurantee a certificate by default. You would need to deliver & would be rated on your performance as a CA.
# What this role needs? Do I need to travel?
It needs campus presence, acumen for technology and a bit of python. CA must be willing to speak in front of an audience. The CA also should have rights to post in college facebook pages and internal whatsapp groups.
No, travel is needed. This is a virtual role & would be managed by a webpage to communicate with you.
# I am not from CSE, may I apply?
No, this is a CSE exclusive CA track. But CSE related branches as IT/Robotics/Data Science/Security may apply as well.
# I am in 1st year, may I apply?
No, since this role needs some technical skills we will not pick up 1st year.
# What else?
Have a look at some pictures from last cohort. The pictures shows a in progress CA seminar.
# What kind of projects MieRobot publishes?
The CA should look out for working final year/3rd year projects. Fields include but not limited to robotics, machine learning, neural networks, security & blockchain. MieRobot publishes such projects for free.
Apply here from the link - MieRobot CA application link
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We completed a month long machine learning skilling with final year CSE students at TOCH TIST Kochi and it was an awesome experience interacting with the students and faculty members.
The skilling was divided into two parts - The foundation was done in online mode & the machine learning part was done at campus for 5 days.
This blog shares the jouney via means of pictures shared over LinkedIn using the #MieRobotAtToch.
So let us start.
We started with our event poster to add some colours and interests :)
I being the coach added a small speech the next day - Ya ya some motivation
Landing at Kochi on a rainy day, we love Kochi, so green and peaceful.
No wonder God's own country.
Day 1# Revised foundations mainly Pandas, Numpy and Matplotlib with labs
Day 2# We moved in the right groove with some MieRobot cards and regression. Here were some great moments from students.
And some more from Day 2
Day 3 and Day 4 # More of classification algo's with MieRobot laptop stickers and cards.
And we went on .... & on .. & on..
And here is the summary of that day -
Final day was fun & we had mock interviews - moment of truth - certifications
We had to keep scores as MieRobot conducts gamification and takes workshop to real life - Thank you for keeping scores#
Here is the group picture of the team along with faculty members
Some great post workshop summary and comments. High Five to all!!
MieRobot views# We had a great time. The students from final year CSE at TOCH TIST are in our top median when it came to coding skills. 50% of the pair coding for the case studies were completed with little to no help from the coach. In terms of road ahead most of them will now complete an University elective on machine learning & also complete a capstone project from MieRobot. #MieRobotAtTOCH
We would strongly recommend companies looking at this blog to consider campus placements for these trained engineers. If you wish to get connect to their placement team please drop me an email at hello@mierobot.com & I will get you connected.
Did we miss your college?
We got you covered. Please email hello@mierobot.com to initiate a discussion for skilling in machine learning.
About Author: Anirban runs an B2B EduTech startup brand called MieRobot.com which provides on-campus employability solutions in areas of Machine learning, Blockchain,UX,Data Science, Robotics and Product Management. You can say him a hello at
hello@mierobot.com
Anirban in his past role had 14 years of international experience in management & technology in the UK, Germany, Singapore, Austria & India. He coaches on IQ-EQ balance & is a great promoter of skilling for employability.
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Hello Guys! We have loads of followers from Durgapur so we have decided to call a workshop at Durgapur this September. Seats are limited to 20 so please register early.
This blog will run you through the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) for this up-coming workshop.
Why Machine learning?
Machine learning is the most in demand skill in the market now. Job demand is from IT products,Banking,Automotive, IT services and also non technology company because today every company is a data company and use machine learning.
What is the duration of this workshop?
The workshop is divided into two parts. The first part is foundation which would be done online. You would be provided a login and you can watch the videos & complete the coding in python.
The other part is for 4 days at Durgapur which will cover the machine learning part.
What is the price?
Price # Professionals INR 7000 + GST , Student (needs ID) INR 5000 + GST, Group discount available for a group of 5 members. We also do workshops in colleges if there are 50 students.
You can email hello@mierobot.com if you wish us to come to your college for a different workshop.
I am based out of another city/state, what do I do?
If you are part of an engineering college email us at hello@mierobot.com & we may check if we may do a workshop separately at your campus.
Do you provide certificate?
Yes, we provide a completion certificate (hard copy single sided).
Are there any case studies offered?
Yes, you would do 5 case studies as mini projects in this workshop. We offer one capstone project that can be completed within 30 days of workshop completion.
Should I carry my laptop?
The workshop would be in a hotel so you need to carry your laptop. 4 GB RAM laptop with Windows 9/10 is needed. Installation steps would be covered online during foundation. Windows 7 with 2 GB laptop will not work.
Can I avail emi/instalments?
No, but you need to pay after you have done a webinar and completed the installation steps in Foundation.
If you do not like the webinar or not able to install you may decide to drop off although we would be sad to see you go.
What are my payment options?
You can do a NEFT fund transfer or pay via payment gateway using cards (debit/credit) in our website.
Do I need engineering background for this workshop?
It’s preferred because of the mathematics and programming aspects. Email us if you are not sure about your profiling.
Do I need to know Python?
Yes, its mandatory to know basic python as loops, lists, functions. If you do not know to code in Python do not register. We would recommend you to learn python & then wait for next cohort at Durgapur from MieRobot.
May I get the syllabus or brochure for this workshop?
In foundation we would cover Numpy, Pandas, Matplotlib and Seaborn python packages. In the 4 days of workshop we will cover regression, classification & clustering using 8 machine learning models.
Once you register we will send the softcopy of the details as a brochure.
I am from electrical/mechanical/electronics background – May I join?
As long you know basics of Python programming you can join. The workshop will run entirely on Python.
How do I register for the free webinar and installation?
Please click hereand choose 'register' option.
What is the entry level salary in Machine learning?
As per internet, the entry level salary range is between 4.5 lacks to 8 lacks.
Do you provide placement assistance?
No, we do not provide placement assistance. We have a session on profile branding & commonly asked interview question. We will also share a 30-60-180 days plan which would help you to prepare.
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From left to right – Rashmitha Varma, Akshata E R, Shravan N, Rohit Kapoor, Aastha Vardhan, Sulyab Thottungal (Team Lead)
I got introduced to Rohit Kapoorover LinkedIn who is a final year student atKrishna Engineering College, Ghaziabad& he briefed me on his team's project on blockchain involving identification of DDoS attack.
This hooked me instantly to know more & i came to know that this project was presented at IEEE Computer Society India Symposium 2018, Kolkata Section at Bodh Gaya, Bihar. 10 teams were selected from all over India. Very impressive indeed.
I took time to interact with the team over email & decided to cover them in this interview with the help of Rohit.
Project Description:
The project revolves around the mitigation of DDoS(distributed denial-of-service) attack on an application level using blockchain technology and Artificial Intelligence. In today’s world, the dependence of people on technology has increased to a great extent.
For minor uses like checking the time, to major tasks such as transactions of billions of dollars, technology is used everywhere.
An example for an application layer request would be an HTTP GET request, which requests for an image file, let’s say. Now, the attacker(s) would send hundreds or thousands of requests for retrieving the file, which would throttle the server and probably crash it or increase the latency to unusable level.
Hence, the security of all the sensitive information and data is of high importance and should be taken care of. Almost everything can be done online these days, like money transactions, transferring confidential documents and information etc.
To ensure unauthorized access to sensitive content, high security should be provided to the data. Attacks like DDoS attacks, make the security system vulnerable to information leakage and loss of data.
In order to prevent this, we are implementing the blockchain technology which is a highly efficient method of DDoS attack prevention.
An example for an application layer request would be an HTTP GET request, which requests for an image file, let’s say.
Now, the attacker(s) would send hundreds or thousands of requests for retrieving the file, which would throttle the server and probably crash it or increase the latency to unusable level.
Now, the first question that would arise in such a situation is whether the hundreds of requests for the image file is legitimate traffic or illegitimate traffic.
For example, during mega online sales on Amazon, it is normal that lakhs of users will try to access the same page or same image.
In that case, it is legitimate. But DDoS attacks look the same way, and it is quite hard to tell which is which.
The difficulty of mining the block is so adjusted that in essence, this is similar in complexity as traditional problem-solution model of verifying the legitimacy of a client.
Modern network security research has suggested using challenges in the form of mathematical problems to verify the legitimacy of a client.
In the model we propose, a client requesting a significant resource such as an image or video, shall have to mine a block that contains information of requests from clients that requested the same resource before.
The difficulty of mining the block is so adjusted that in essence, this is similar in complexity as traditional problem-solution model of verifying the legitimacy of a client.
The additional advantage is that the complete history of resource requests are publicly available in the form of a blockchain, which can be subjected to AI-based analysis to identify malicious patterns.
Thus, the proposed method is at least as good as the existing methods, and furthermore provides access to the reliability of blockchain and possibilities of AI.
We were assigned a team of 6 people including the team lead to work on this project and to represent our team in the first version of IEEE Technergize in CSIS’18 at Bodhgaya.
What is blockchain and how your project is using blockchain in simple terms?
Ans. Blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp and transaction data.
By design, blockchain is inherently resistant to modification of the data.
We are using blockchain in our project to identify the illegitimate user who is trying to block the request of other legitimate users by continuously requesting to the server and not waiting for it to respond.
In that case, the request of the legitimate users gets blocked temporarily or for some cases, permanently.
In real time, we are applying an algorithm which can detect the user’s request and can verify that it is the legitimate one or not.
What motivated you to do this project?
Ans. We were assigned a team of 6 people including the team lead to work on this project and to represent our team in the first version of IEEE Technergize in CSIS’18 at Bodhgaya. It was a National Level event, where different teams across the country participated and demonstrated their work.
We were motivated throughout the 7 months of preparations till the very end.
Challenges have come and went, but we did not lose our hope and now we know how blockchain works.
What were the challenges you faced while doing this project?
Ans. The very first challenge is to know about blockchain, its concept and the implementation. None of us knew what it was in the beginning, but when the time gradually passed, we were able to explain blockchain even to the non-technical people.
Challenges have come and went, but we did not lose our hope and now we know how blockchain works.
What is the technical stack of this project?
Ans. Technical Stack of this project are as follows:
Python 3.5Understanding of Socket Programming (Client-Server Communication)Python Libraries for cryptography etc.
What is the road ahead of this project?
Ans. We are fortunate that we got an opportunity to demonstrate our project in front of Google and Microsoft in the month of June 2018.
What is your view on MieRobot.com?
Ans. What we have learnt so far is that, MieRobot.com brings employability to the college campus across the country with Industry 4.0 skills. And we are grateful and thank Mr. Anirban Sir, who liked our project and interviewed us.
Comments from MieRobot:
We personally think that down the line B-tech in CSE would be further split into seperate branches as security, cloud computing, data science & AI just on the same line as B-tech IT took birth in late 90's from CSE to cater to IT services demand then.
Considering such aspects this project which deals with security along with blockchain is fundamentally on right time. We sincerely hope that readers would get encouraged to pick such projects in their final year.
We also loved the team work involving different engineering college students working together.
Amazing job & good wishes from us for the Google and Microsoft presentations.
Great job guys!
Did we miss your college?
No problem we got you covered. You can also invite MieRobot by an email athello@mierobot.com
About Author:Anirban runs an EduTech startup brand called MieRobot.com which provides on-campus employability solutions in areas of Machine learning, Graph Database,UX,Data Science, Robotics and Product Management. You can say him a hello athello@mierobot.com
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Group picture from left to right - Vivek Mudgal, Manju Mohan (Team Lead), Aditya Sahu, Shashank Tomer, Pranshu Ranakoti, & Benjamin John Oommen(single picture on left).
Blockchain is an area of interest in the digital world today. It would define the new age use of internet for the world. Recently MieRobot delivered few on-campus seminars on blockchain in select engineering colleges on invite to raise awareness and also encourage students to get skilled and deliver projects over blockchain.
We often talk about employability of the Indian engineering education ecosystem citing gap between industry and academia as one of the primary reason. I was for a present surprise while delivering MieRobot seminar at TIST - Toc H Institute of Science and technology, Cochin where I caught up with Manju and her team project on Blockchain using ethereum. Manju is currently a final year engineering student herself.
Manju and her team of engineering students from multiple engineering colleges has put forward a project which maps blockchain with the healthcare industry.
Here is the team's interview I collected with the help of Manju.
'We were part of 7 months internship cum competition event called 'Technergize' which was a national level competition conducted by IEEE Computer Society, Kolkata Section and the final presentation was held at CSIS’18 held at Bodh Gaya, Bihar.
We are so happy that we were one among the top 10 teams who got selected'.
Explain your project on blockchain in simple terms?
Application of Blockchain in medical industry – a decentralized database, It aims to revolutionize the current medical industry in terms of handling medical records, patient details, finances and other valuable data that is currently being stored in conventional databases and shift them to a more secure blockchain network.
Illustration of the project by a diagram above
What motivated you to undertake this project?
We were part of 7 months internship cum competition event called 'Technergize' which was a national level competition conducted by IEEE Computer Society, Kolkata Section and the final presentation was held at CSIS’18 held at Bodh Gaya, Bihar.
We are so happy that we were one among the top 10 teams who got selected. Our cyber security team was handed over the topic of blockchain to work upon, so after a lot of group discussions, we finalized healthcare industry as our target, as we believed helping humanity and saving lives is the best thing to give the society back that has provided us with a wonderful ecosystem to live!
What were the challenges you faced working in this project?
Our team was not familiar with Ethereum blockchain which was an extremely new platform, so it was a big challenge to explore it.
We did not even know about solidity till then. So we divided the group into parts where some people were working on the front end, some on the back and rest arranging all the work and giving new ideas to work upon. our first challenge, which was choosing the framework.
There are few frameworks available for Ethereum
like Truffle, Geth, Parity, etc. We decided to use Truffle to simulate our project. The framework, being very new, had some major bugs and faults in the UI so it was quite a difficult task to use it.
Our second challenge was a discrepancy while writing smart contracts. A contract in
Ethereum cannot have more than 2^261 bytes stored in it and we had to implement the medical details of a patient which consisted of tens of attributes including their name, age, disease, prescription, etc. In order to tackle the problem, we used IPFS.
'We are seeking technical expertise from industry so that we can scale this project as a complete product'.
How was your experience at IEEE Computer Society India Symposium 2018?
CSIS’18 was a great event held in the peaceful region of India: Bodh Gaya, Bihar.
Students from all across the country came and united. It was a mashup of various cultures and languages which doesn’t only sound beautiful, magnificent it was.
It was a good learning experience and we got many valueable inputs from world-class Entrepreneurs, senior mentors and panelists that were constantly supporting our ideas and efforts, and when we got back, we decided to further work upon this project with some good changes and modifications to make it better!
Also we will be demonstrating our project in Microsoft and Google during the month of May or June. So excited!
What is the road ahead for your project?
Blockchain is a very new and growing topic, so we would like to search for new horizons to work upon in blockchain technology.
The practical admissibility of our project in hospitals and related institution is nothing short of a faded dream, because our project is not a product but an infrastructure. We are seeking technical expertise from industry so that we can scale this project as a complete product.
Also, it is really difficult to replace an infrastructure however good our solution is! We need strong support and funding from organisations to implement in real world.
We also plan to incorporate machine learning with blockchain. So we are open to ideas and are looking forward to work!
What is your views about MieRobot?
A big thank you to MieRobot, especially Anirbansir for the constant guidance even during his busy schedule to get this project published in MieRobot platform.
Comments from MieRobot:
What we loved about this project is the team work that has been put forward by working together with various engineering colleges and from different years. It is a very positive sign that students are picking up project work in new areas like blockchain.
Such efforts will drive the engineering ecosystem forward and also do great for employability. We wish the team good luck for all the industry presentations planned this year.
Great job guys!
Did we miss your college?
No problem we got you covered. You can also invite MieRobot by an email athello@mierobot.com
About Author:Anirbanruns an EduTech startup brand called MieRobot.com which provides on-campus employability solutions in areas of Machine learning, Graph Database,Blockchain,UX,Data Science, Robotics and Product Management. You can say him a hello athello@mierobot.com
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Members who did it # left to right are: Nikitha Sajan, Lakshmi Mohan, Sharon Alex, Aysha Zenab Kenza and Mereena Baby.
MieRobot was invited this March to present Blockchain and Machine learning & share an interactive session with Final year Computer Science engineering students at TIST - Toc H Institute of Science and technology, Cochin.
It was an amazing experience for MieRobot to interact with the faculty members & the students. In this blog, we present a very well delivered final year project which is based on robotic hand.
We caught up with Aysha who is a final year student & she was happy to share about the team in this interview. We appreciate and share our kudos to the team & college. Good job!
What is the goal of your project in simple words?
In a world with steadily growing opportunities and technologies, we often find that the less gifted tend to struggle in managing his everyday activities.
Our team overcome these shortcomings with efficient resources and knowledge. A helping hand for those in need, we worked to provide a new light for amputees (a person who has lost their arm in the process of amputation), with the help of EMG (Electromyogram) Controlled Prosthetic Limb.
A simplified robotic hand, designed to read basic hand gestures, with an affordable yet reasonable price, our product swears to fulfil the void of those deprived.
What motivated you to take up this challenge?
After a rather interesting study on the technologies available to amputees, we found with great surprise that there aren't many. One of the methods includes a conventional method of using a harness, which in the view of a common man, fell short on efficiency and easiness.
Even though there are ongoing researches with a great number of features, they happen to come with a price, which unfortunately is out of the reach of common men. Even though our product doesn't exhibit advance features, it is efficient enough for an amputee to fill his basic daily requirements with a price in his reach, an option which not only is reasonable but is also trustworthy.
How does it work in simple technical terms?
The working of EMG (Electromyogram) Controlled Prosthetic Limb is fairly simple and is based on the electric signals produced as a result of muscle movements.
Those signals are interpreted by the Myo-armband, which converts it to accurate hand gestures. This is then read by a microcontroller, the Arduino through a Bluetooth dongle.
Based on those signals read, an appropriate number of server motors are rotated to move the Prosthetic Limb. The striking feature of this set up is that the movements of the Prosthetic Limb can be controlled by the unique electrical signals produced by a body.
What is the future roadmap for this product?
Even though this project is in the initial phase, there is a lot of scope for development in the future. Presently, the movements of the Limb are restricted, which with time and effort can be extended.
With advanced technologies like AI, the nature of the product can be made faster, easier and more efficient to work with, also displaying a wide range of user-friendly features.
With enough support and encouragement, we hope that our project would bring a new perspective to those in need of a helping hand.
Awards:
Won a first prize for paper presentation competition conducted in SVS College of Engineering.
The Computer Society of India has awarded us with first prize in the All Kerala Summit competition conducted in Toch Institute of Science and Technology.
Did we miss your college?
No problem we got you covered. You can also invite MieRobot by an email at hello@mierobot.com
About Author: Anirban runs an EduTech startup brand called MieRobot.com which provides on-campus employability solutions in areas of Machine learning, Graph Database,UX,Data Science, Robotics and Product Management. You can say him a hello at hello@mierobot.com
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