Mechanical Design – Where Art Meets Engineering.

There’s a widely accepted axiom about our beautiful planet that world is subject to constant changes. So is its design too, which is not limited to objects, but about the world as a whole as an ecological and social structure. As engineers, let us focus on the design of objects.


We know what design is in basic terms. We encounter it in everyday objects like cars, furniture, and household items, as well as in tools and machines. What distinguishes objects from a particular category ( e.g., cars) are the visual appearances. Apart from the essential features incorporated into them, the looks are what attract the most of us. A fact which cannot be denied. Taking the example of cars, and generalizing it to some extent to all objects, the visual appearance of an object defines whether the product will sell or fail. On the other hand, overly exotic designs with minimum selling points in a product are assured of failing. What’s the point of spending a major chunk of your budget on creating a beautiful design but not giving the essential individual specific features?


Continuing from above discussion, one thing is evident that there needs to be a perfect balance between intrinsic features and exterior looks. As in case of new age smartphones where companies are looking to go thinner and thinner (until they vanish!). Would you like to fit in all the important old school features (removable battery, IR blaster, etc.) and have a bulkier shape?
Or you want to sacrifice these features and save every millimeter of space you can to get that perfect slim phone. This is the big question that has been harassing many smartphone companies lately.

                                                  An innovate seat and stand

Of mid-2000’s, products have started to become more consumer-centric. That means the visual appearance of products carries immense importance as a poorly looking market product would end up in a trash can soon, incurring massive losses for the company. Products are becoming sophisticated yet elegant as technology progresses. What sets you apart from your rivals is how neatly the features can be packed into a beautiful looking product. This is the point where art greets engineering and more precisely mechanical design. If you can create a design that invokes awe from people, yet include all the essential features that the public demands, you are set to make a fortune.

                             RollsRoyce Jet Engine – Example of sophisticated yet stunningly beautiful design

To get better at creating stunning designs, the most important factor to study is what people want. Because for that’s what your efforts in creating a product will be going into. Aesthetics comes from visualizing the use of a product in a particular scenario beforehand. Form the basic hand grip on a kitchen cutter to the sophisticated car engine, every design aspect involved needs to be thoroughly studied. What contours on the cutter grip will make the user more comfortable with using.


To conclude with, mechanical design is a sophisticated yet beautiful tool capable of giving shapes and contours beyond capable of human imaginations. You can create some most beautiful designs with your imaginations running wild. That’s where art meets engineering. To end this blog with a wonderful quote by the famous American designer Milton Glaser.


“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”


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Why is this the right time to be an embedded systems researcher !


The growth of Embedded systems with robotics: As a field and Career.

When we talk about Robots, the terms that come to our head are Artificial Intelligence, machine learning or computer vision which are all majorly software based.Have you thought of the hardware part? How robot reacts to a particular action?How is the process executed? How does the robotic system run? These questions can be answered only by the use of embedded systems.



What are embedded systems?


Embedded, as the name suggests, is the combination of hardware and software systems
designed to perform specific tasks. An Embedded system controls the internet connection,
processing of a program in a robot, sensor response and data management in an electrical
or mechanical environment. Embedded system majorly includes circuitry, sensor technology,
processing and communication between different electronic components in the machine.

     The growth of embedded systems.

Everything around us is getting connected with each other and embedded systems play a
major role in this transformation. Looking at the potential growth of gadgets around us,
embedded systems have a steady growth rate. We can see it from the graph below.

From the graph by Zion Research Analysis, we can see, there is the rapid growth of
$159billion to $225.34 billion in just six years. A market revenue growth of a $100 billion can
be observed, which is a promising growth with a steady increase. From the graph, we can infer
The growth of embedded systems that at least for embedded systems there is no looking back for
the next 5 to 6 years.

   Robotics and embedded systems.

Embedded systems are one of the acute fields of robotics. In fact, without embedded systems
robotics is merely impossible. Embedded systems take care of everything for a robot including the
sensors to be used, when to trigger a sensor, what to do with the sensor, connect to
the internet, store data to the memory, use of a processor and every electrical and electronic
component you can think of is depended on embedded systems. Majorly running code,
transfer of the data and working of sensors are all embedded systems.

   Career as an embedded engineer.

After 10-20 years, embedded systems are going to be everywhere. Looking at the numerous
possible applications it has and the awesome projects that are already on its glorious path, it
is safe to say that Embedded Systems will be one of the most sought-after fields of study and
hence would require a lot of talented minds.

Industries that utilize embedded systems engineers include defense, robotics, communications,
consumer electronics, and aeronautics. With the technology growth in these fields, an embedded
engineer has prosperous career options waiting for them.

 Future of embedded systems.

Embedded systems have a bright future; a future where you can see your toasters and cars
tweeting about their status!All thanks to these small powerful hardware devices we call embedded systems.
In the upcoming years we will see embedded systems everywhere –on every road, every building,
every floor, every wall, coffee mugs, books, watches, cars, airplanes and everything we see and use,
will be controlled by embedded technologies.All your gadgets would be interconnected and interacting to give you a personalized experience and make your life much better than you can imagine!

If any hands to help ourselves out please drop a mail to I am Aadesh Shah, Working at the Center for Robolution as a Robotics Application Research Engineer.

Can we cohabit with Robots?

Robots are the most sophisticated creation of the mankind. A creation that would stand by them to take over
their menial tasks and thereby building a new ecosystem where even robots can exist. But the question is
“Are we ready?”

Robots are evolving, getting smarter and faster each day. There is a breakthrough in the field of robotics that keeps
the humans motivated to bring more innovation. But, yet another question, “Do we need this innovation?”

Robots are already being used in industries for manufacturing, surgery, and delivery services to name a few.
And as these robots become more technologically advanced, they learn and perform jobs faster in lesser time,
less money and greater reliability. However, “Can a robot cohabit with humans as an assistant?”

Before all these questions, are robots worth to be considered as a part of this new ecosystem? Well, the answer is, definitely! And why not. Robots can be a part of our ecosystem because, since their advent, work has been shared between man and machine. And robots are no more like the machines that existed 10 years ago. Rather, they are customized and personalized with a sole motive of aiding humanity and work independently. They take care of the human soul and protect it at any cost; they interact with humans as well as the physical atmosphere around a human. Then how are they not fit for the human ecosystem? Robots are ready to be inducted. All we have to do is to program them to function the way we want them to. Surprisingly, this may eventually create an ecosystem that would seem meaningless without robots as there are multiple tasks that can’t be accomplished without them.

A robot is nothing but a single unit that multitasks because it is capable of performing multiple functions and operations. Having too many gadgets around you? Well interestingly, we can somehow even integrate all of
those and have just a single robot functioning as them all.

However, for me, the real question is ‘Why the fear of the robots?’ Do we fear that robots may replace humans? But isn’t it true that if there are no humans, robots do not exist! We are the creators and we enhance them to be
an intelligent machine. Then why can’t we stay with them in one ecosystem? An ecosystem where both are interdependent on each other!

Another question that arises for the civilization today is in the innovation sector. As we innovate more, we fear that humans would be at stake. But if we think closely gadgets have made our lives easy and simple. Taking the example of cell phones, they were made with a sole purpose of talking to anyone, anytime and anywhere. But
with science and innovation, our cell phones have turned into minicomputers and the specification of our cell phones can be somewhat considered better than the laptops we use these days. Surprisingly, to some extent, we can call our cellphones a type of a robot because robots are everything that controls a process and we really need better science and technology to improvise our control systems. And when we want better, we need to innovate and innovate.

The last question I would like to raise in this article is that, “Can we cohabit with robots?” the answer to this is question relies majorly on the mindset of an individual. Wouldn’t you love to walk around a park with a gadget
you control shoulder to shoulder? Wouldn’t you like a gadget to take care of you so well that you don’t feel lonely at all? There are innumerable things a robot can do. It can do everything that a human can imagine. And when we can imagine and envision robots, we can innovate and create them too.

I think humans have always aimed to live a life which requires less effort. Which is why robots were created. If innovation has reached such an enormous stage, then there is no scope of fear because more can be achieved. And with robots, there is no loss, only gain. So why not innovate till we are satisfied! All we need to do is change the way we perceive the possibility of co-existence of humans and robots. Its time now to jump into this technology towards robotics to make our lives better and I’m into it. If any hands to help robolutionize the ecosystem, please drop a mail to

Robotics has only one rule: Flourish humanity!

“Necessity for incorporating fun in learning”

 “Stop playing the entire day. Go and study! It will not feed you in the future“.

Sounds familiar? I am pretty sure every one of you would have experienced this especially if you were born after the 80’s. You probably remember it from one of your own experiences or from when your friend was being lectured by his or her parents. Trust me, I have personally been through it too. And yes, I am talking about gaming and guess what? Your parents were right.

“Whaaaaaaaat? I thought this blog was about gaming in education. Shouldn’t it be about its benefits?” If your inner mind is screaming furiously right now, I completely understand. So don’t press the X mark on your browser or start cursing me yet. When I said your parents were right, I did mean it. At least from their perspective. Read the sentence again. Do you know what I interpret from it? Let me make it easier and break it down for you.

  • Limit the amount of time you spend on gaming.
  • Dedicate equivalent time for your studies.
  • Prioritize gaining real-world skills.

Does it make sense now? As you can see, it does not imply that we must stop enjoying life but rather balance education and fun equally while not losing sight of reality. But, though their intentions were good, their belief that gaming instead of studying was a waste of time and effort had no basis. The main cause for their ignorance was the sudden generation gap which resulted due to the origin of digital technology. This singular event classified the generations as the Digital Immigrants and the Digital Natives based on pre and post digital era respectively.

Being a Digital Native, we were exposed to numerous innovative and mind-blowing technology from birth. Hence, traditional methods of education felt bland and too slow-paced. Spending hours together reading books, memorizing concepts and doing homework every day did not even make sense to us. And we had countless questions like why is gaming considered a waste of time? Is it really just a platform for mindless entertainment? Why isn’t studying as enjoyable? Why can’t we focus while studying even though it is natural to us while gaming? The reason as to why we couldn’t tolerate traditional methods of learning and yearned for something more interactive unlike our ancestors was due to the fact that the pace and approach of how we observe, absorb and respond to information had transformed.

On the other hand, the rapid rise in the popularity of digital technology completely changed the world as the digital immigrants knew it. Most of the digital immigrants couldn’t comprehend the change in the new generation. Scenarios like studying while listening to music or watching a video while working on an assignment were alien to them. Multitasking while learning was just a huge no. But as time passed and the impact of traditional methods on students were being questioned they realized it was high time that the field of learning was transformed to adapt to the new generation. Hence, novel educational methods that were creative, informative and that can grab our attention were researched. As a result, methods such as Game-Based Learning (GBL) and Gamification came into play.

Game-Based Learning approach teaches students to work as a team, gather information from various sources, analyze the data, make decisions based on them, face the consequences of their actions and learn from their mistakes in a risk-free environment. In addition, the process of gaming enhances hand-eye coordination, memory capacity, logical reasoning and multi-tasking. Hence, to tap into this potential, educators are developing games that can teach real-world skills to students in collaboration with universities and gaming industries. And with the ever increasing popularity of digital games, Game-Based Learning approach is being well received and serving its intended purpose successfully.

Nevertheless, educators did not restrict themselves to GBL and started experimenting with Gamification. In contrast to GBL, Gamification is a cost effective and efficient solution. Traditional classrooms can be gamified just by adding game inspired elements such as role playing, quest paths, experience points, reward systems, etc. This helps in keeping the users highly engaged and motivated in exploring various fields and improving their skills in a competitive setting. Apart from educational institutes, gamification is also being adapted to motivate employees to produce efficient results at professional workplaces.

As you can see, education and gaming were never rivals. In contrast, various techniques are constantly being researched and implemented to make learning more fun by different universities and gaming industries. RoboTamers by Center for Robolution is one such program where reinforcement learning techniques enhanced by gamification such as point systems, multiple routes, varying levels of difficulty, milestones and rewards has been successfully employed to make the learning process more interactive and effective. For more details about our program, drop by at our website.

To conclude, let me part with a famous quote elucidating the need and importance of integrating creativity with education.


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[Patricia Monica George, R.A.R.E – AI Research team and In-house mentor at Center for Robolution]

Robotics in Engineering and Manufacturing

From the inspiration of the miraculous robot origins of the 1960s to the far-fetched imagination portrayed in movies, we see how robots have digressed from their silver screen persona to create an impact in our day-to-day lives in a practical sense.

The mere mention of the word robot conjures images of human-like machines capable of intelligent interaction with the world around them. From the robots of odd shapes and forms in George Lucas’s original “Star Wars” of 1977 to the lifelike robots shown more recently in the 2004 movie “I, Robot” adapted from Isaac Asimov’s classic novel of 1950, these androids, equipped with fictitious highly advanced artificial intelligence by their makers, were able to mimic human intelligence and thrive and survive through all forms of challenges and obstacles in their environment. Another incredible example of robots that have been put to great film effect is found in the movie Transformers, an adaptation of the animated series of the 1980s. Although recent years have seen almost similar commercially-produced robots in the form of AIBO and ASIMO introduced by Sony and Honda respectively, the real practical use of robots in the engineering industry is a huge contrast to what their persona from the silver screen would suggest.

In the real world, robots are utilized to perform repetitive tasks and job functions which are in likelihood too tedious and boring for the human to perform, such as in the manufacturing line of plastics and various hardware. These practical robots often take the form of mechanical arms equipped with electromagnetic plates, grippers, or suction cups working in tandem with conveyor belts to aid in the assembly of equipment in the manufacturing industries. Although stationary in nature, these robotic arms are endowed with several degrees-of-freedom, giving them the flexibility to move in many directions through multiple angles with utmost ease and agility.

Robots can also be made to execute difficult activities and processes requiring high precision at an accuracy usually beyond human capabilities. Through proper programming, a task can be repeatedly carried out with minimal or virtually without error. With proximity and pressure sensors abound, the accuracy which can be achieved by some of these robots can be rather remarkable, and allow them to work with extremely fragile materials with great care. Even enervating jobs requiring skill and expertise such as arc welding and spray painting can seem like child’s play to a robot.

Robots are also best employed in situations which may prove to be too dangerous for humans to perform. In steel manufacturing mills, robots are used in materials handling and transfer, to load iron ore and coke into blast furnaces and move molten iron, a chore perhaps too life-threatening for humans to undertake. With the practical use of robots such as these, accidents and loss of life at the industrial workplace can be minimized. Also, with the capability of withstanding stress far beyond what human being can endure, these tireless machines have a proven reliability and a track record in getting the job done right without the adversities and risks commonly associated with human error and behavior.

Robots have also assisted humans in accomplishing job duties in environments which are not conducive to human life. In space exploration, the rover spacecraft robots had been successfully deployed by NASA in their Mars Exploration Rover Mission to survey and explore the surface of Mars, and to retrieve geological samples from the red planet. In marine engineering, robots known as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) serve to produce detailed maps of the seabed for the oil and gas industry, as well as for research into the deep underwater chemical compound composition and the presence of microorganisms without any risk to human life.

In HVAC applications, robots equipped with sensors and brushes are commonly used to effectively clean air-conditioning ducts in the engineering maintenance of commercial buildings. Camera sensors are sometimes installed on these robots to allow their human operator a glimpse of duct interiors that are mostly too narrow and tight for humans to work inside them. Similar robots have also recently found their way into residential homes, performing the same automated cleansing duties on floors and carpets.

In closing, robots have established their place as dependable servants in the daily lives of human beings, with robotic technology playing a vital role in the engineering industry. Robots have been reliable in getting their assigned responsibilities accomplished correctly and accurately with great efficiency, and keeping their human masters safe. The field of Robotics is vast and bountiful which is open to exploration for years to come. This is just the beginning of a long and beautiful Robotic journey!

If any hands to help ourselves out please drop an email to I am Karansingh Thakur, Working at the Center for Robolution as a Robotics Application Research Engineer.


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