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Students invent robot to dismantle bombsPublish Date: Jun 05, 2012
Students invent robot to dismantle bombs
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Three former students of St. Mary’s College, Kisubi David Tusubira (right) Nigel Kinyera (centre) and Alvin Kabwama displaying the bomb detection and disarming robot at Makerere University
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By Conan Businge

Makerere University and a group of students in their Se­nior Six vacation have invent­ed a bomb-disarming robot.

This comes as the country goes through various terror­ism threats. The robot minimises the harm that bomb squads may have to face during bomb detonations since it can be sent out on reconnaissance missions to replace humans in the field.

The robot imitates the human senses of sight, touch and movement. This is portrayed by an Internet con­nectable camera, a robot arm and wheels.

It was made under the Presi­dential Innovations Fund-iLabs@MAK project, one of the projects in the college of engineering, design art and technology.

The explosive ordinance disposal robot is remotely controlled on a computer to navigate through relatively flat surfaces within a 20m radius.

Interaction between the ro­bot and the control computer is achieved through wireless communication.

But Makerere’s robot is still a protype, awaiting an up­graded version that is yet to be built by the same university.

The deputy principal of the college, Dr. Mackay Okure, said the construction of the robot was motivated by the need to demonstrate local ca­pacity in the development of technology to fight terrorism.

It is one of the projects un­dertaken by a group of young students, emanating from iLabs@MAK’s initiative to promote science and technol­ogy innovation in schools.

It was built by three former students of St. Mary’s College Kisubi: Alvin Kabwama, Da­vid Tusubira and Nigel Kin­yera Okot. They were being mentored by Prof. Sandy Ste­vens Tickodri-Togboa, Cosmas Mwikirize, Doreen Orishaba and Micheal Kyeswa.

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