A member of the Polytechnic Design Studio identified as Chiyamiko Liyabunya has developed a spider robot which could be used for security and surveillance.
The Design Studio offers mentorship in both theory and technical expertise and it is open to both students and members of the general public who are asked to pay a fee of K3,000.00 per month
Apart from offering theoretical mentorship and technical expertise, the studio also provides machinery and facilities for the production of any scientific project.
Liyabunya who has been a member for the design studio for just over two years said, this prototype has been his childhood dream after watching robotic animations called spider riders as a child.
“I started building the spider robot at the Design Studio because I found the resources, machinery and expertise necessary for the production of the robot,” he is quoted by the Polytechnic College Website.
The Polytechnic Design Studio is not only operational to students, it is also open to those who have ideas, but lack the technical expertise and machinery to transform their ideas into tangible products.
Currently, the spider robot is able to move, turn and detect an item as well as able to take pictures if a camera is mounted on it.
Through the program which it is coded with, it transfers the information to a computer or a phone which it is connected to.
The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MicroMek, the company that deals with robotics Dumisani Kaliati has observed that the project is viable and just needs to be scaled up so that the spider robot should work effectively.
“These are the advanced equipment that are being used in the developed countries for surveillance or getting eyes and pictures in the confined spaces which are not reachable by human beings.” said Kaliati.
Meanwhile, the Polytechnic Design Studio Manager Hillary Lodzanyama is encouraging students and members the general public especially those who have innovative and scientific ideas but lack mentorship and equipment to get registered with design studio.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :