Suleman Khan, an MSc final year student at the Institute of Physics and Electronics, University of Peshawar (UOP), has made a low-cost wireless bomb defusing robot that will provide an extra line of defence for bomb disposal squad (BDS) personnel.
The robot was put on display during a day-long project and poster exhibition held by the institute at the UoP on Wednesday.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Khan, who hails from Mardan, said the robot’s main objective is to provide remote-controlled analysis of a suspicious packet. Additionally, the robot is also meant to allow users to manipulate the packet using the robotic arm, provide visual feedback from the site, and ensure user-friendly controls.
He said the robot is capable of defusing bombs weighing up to 21 kilogrammes from a distance of 15 to 20 metres, and has a wireless camera for live visual transmission.
Apart from having the ability to tunnel view an object, the robot is also capable of carrying out experiments in hazardous environments and espionage activities, added Khan.
“The robot was built under a budget of Rs100,000 over a span of three years,” Khan claimed, adding the invention takes commands using wireless technology. “It allows the squad to defuse bombs from a safe distance, instead of trying to do so with their bare hands.”
Khan said deteriorating law and order in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Fata had motivated him to design this project.
He maintained if the government support the project, its capacity could be enhanced to locate and defuse explosive devices weighing up to 40kg from a distance of 60 metres.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 7th, 2013.
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