Indian First Robot “MITRA”

Marking India’s entry in the global race to develop a social robot, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor to President Donald Trump, Tuesday launched Mitra — a ‘Made in India’ robot that interacts, assists and learns on the move.

It walked up to Modi and Ivanka, who were requested to launch the summit logo by the flags of their respective countries on the display one after the other. The robot was programmed to welcome them with their names on pressing the flags.

Mitra is fully manufactured and assembled in Bengaluru. Its body is made of fibreglass and is equipped with a touchscreen. On a single charge, Mitra can last up to 8-10 hours.

Invento Robotics is only about a year old. Invento Makerspaces, as it was originally called, was initially set up as an educational startup. It was only in 2015, when one of the startup’s robots gained a little notoriety at a market fair, that the founders realised they had another field they could better contribute to.

The company’s website claims Mitra can also be used as a DJ and photographer at parties. And it can live tweet, too. “World’s top corporations use Mitra for their events and so do high-end weddings and birthdays,” it said.

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