Dr. Krishna Saraswat, Rickey/Nielsen Professorship of Engineering at Stanford University
also works with the AcYut-II team. He said, "The students from BITS Pilani who have committed
themselves to the AcYut project are a part of the amazing community of researchers, academics and industry leaders who will bring humanoid robotics into our homes, hospitals and businesses."
AcYut-II is taller than its predecessor and has a higher torque motor which enables it to punch harder. AcYut-II can move very quickly around corners, reducing its chances of falling out of the ring during a Kung Fu match. The students developed a bodysuit for controlling
AcYut-II from a distance, allowing the robot to mimic the students' actions. This enables the robot to perform more complex moves instead of a limited set of pre-programmed moves that are possible with a hand-held remote.
"Their Robot was almost one meter tall and that is an amazing feat of engineering," said David Calkins, Founder of RoboGames. "The results show that the team clearly learned and adapted based on last year's competition, and proves that their collaborative approach bridging research in India and the U.S. works; the team should be proud."
AcYut was sponsored by companies including Force10Networks, Sierra Atlantic, Oriental Insurance and Continental Airlines and also received funding from the BITS Alumni Association (BITSAA).
Sierra Atlantic CEO Raju Reddy said, "BITS mandates real world experience for its four year degree and requires students to spend nine months in internship programs. With such innovative programs for industry-university collaboration, BITS has always been a source of great talent and we are delighted to partner in their success at RoboGames."
The BITS-Pilani Alumni Association is hosting a reception on June 16, 2009 at India Community Center (ICC) in Milpitas, Calif., where the students will demonstrate AcYut-II to media and thought leaders from the technology industry and academia.