As Robociti announced the results of the “"Life After COVID-19: The New Normal with Robotics & AI"” project competition one user name was very familiar among the top 3, one user whose story clearly shows that AI & Robotics requires so much dedication and effort to reap the rewards of one’s efforts.
Gridesh Kumar celebrated his 2 years of being a member of the Robotics community and an active member of the Robociti platform with an impressive feat after his project titled “Robotic guard” was awarded the 3rd place, earning him more Robocoins than he has earned ever since he joined the platform, more than anyone has earned since Robociti was first created!
The new normal as people refer to life after COVID-19 has brought so much pressure on enterprises to invest in machines that could help meet the protocols implemented for safety precautions against the spread of the virus. For the competition, Kumar created a robot that can detect people entering a room and only letting them pass after they have used some sanitizer, a project that could be one big step towards the Future of AI &. Roboctics in combating pandemics. “If there is something we learned about this recent pandemic is fear, it makes people nervous and nervous people make mistakes so my inspiration came from the idea of having robots perform such tasks to eliminate any mishaps of this nature” said Kumar.
I have been involved with Robotics for 2 years now, because I was working on an automation project so I ended up developing a keen interest for AI projects. I believe both are intertwined to some extent, and with Coding being my specialty area, it was not much of a challenge,” he said.
Kumar is adamant that his 3rd place victory came as a shock not because he was anticipating the 1st prize, but because of his submission for the competition being right on the day the deadline expired. “I didn’t expect this to be happen because I summited my project at the last hour before the deadline, moreover my project had the least likes compared to other projects, but I guess that is why we had professional judges and a criterion to select the best projects not only based on the likes amassed by our projects,” explained Kumar.
Kumar revealed that he spent an entire month working on the project, he explained that the delay to finalize everything was all part of the issues he faced while working on the project, but he still recalls that he was not willing to give up despite the challenges. “Throughout working on this project, I have learned lots of new skills in coding and mechanical parts and structures, and I believe that it was an eye opener for me to start utilizing Robociti and the online courses, as well the webinars, to further enhance my skillset and knowledge on AI and Roboctics.”