Think Alexa Is Cool? India's First Humanoid Robot Can Speak Hindi, Marathi & Bhojpuri

Developed at a cost of Rs 50,000, 'Rashmi' says her favourite actor is Shah Rukh Khan

If you think India is behind when it comes to robotics and artificial intelligence, then you’ve got to check out ‘Rashmi’ — India’s first indigenously-made humanoid robot who can not only converse in English but can also talk in Hindi, Marathi and Bhojpuri.

Created by Ranchi-based software developer Ranjit Srivastava at a cost of Rs 50,000 over a period of two years, Rashmi uses Linguistic Interpretation (LI), Artificial Intelligence, visual data and facial recognition systems. The robot analyses the conversation it has with someone to determine the ‘feeling’ of the conversation. Besides mouthing words, Rashmi can also move its eyes, lips, eyebrows and neck.

Rashmi is based on Sophia — the world’s first social humanoid robot to be given citizenship of a country, Saudi Arabia. A creation of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, Sophia is able to display 50 facial expressions by using artificial intelligence, visual data processing and facial recognition.

Srivastava told HT,

“Humanoid robot is the need of future generation. It can work as bank receptionist, helper, friend of lonely people and others.”

Rashmi has not yet been completely assembled. Though its head and body are functioning, Srivastava is yet to add arms and legs to make her a complete functional robot. The entire process will take over a month.