Robot having emotional intelligence created by Doon student

Robot having emotional intelligence created by Doon student

A 17-year-old Doon School student has created a robot that possesses emotional intelligence and could even dish out answers to unexpected questions with help of the Internet.

The 3-dimension Robo ”iTalk”, an award winning working model lisps like a human and talk in English. The robot can understand human moods of anger and happiness with unique programmed algorithms and a ‘software development kit” offered by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.


Technically, his functional construct also emulates the basic blueprint of the human body. By interpreting data in the same manner we do, he is able to emulate human behavioural tendencies,” Arjun, a class-12th student at the Doon School, said.

“He (the robot) is an intelligent module, able to take decisions on his own, learning from past experiences,” he added. Once developed to an advanced stage, the Robo can be used for interface with children and humans for counselling and other purposes, he said.

The ”iTalk” Robo can distinguish between different humans with an accuracy of 97.68 per cent as it is enabled with a stereoscopic vision and face recognition software. “The speech analysis software put inside it enables it to differentiate between different pitches and voice samples,” Arjun, who displayed his creation during his school’s 75th founders day celebrations recently, said.

Arjun, who was assisted by his junior Sookrit Malik from class 10th in the project, now plans to take the Robo to international innovation forums and get a larger technical assistance from institutes like the MIT. The students have put an initial investment of Rs 70,000 in the project which was funded by the school. The ”iTalk” although has no sci-fi movie connection but it bears resemblance to the 2008 Walt Disney produced science fiction film WALL-E, in which the computer is designed to clean up a waste covered Earth sometime in the future, Arjun said.

In short, the iTalk is a robot capable of communication in a manner similar to humans.

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