Bionic Man

India Today - - THE IDEAS FACTORY - Pulkit Gaur 31 by Sibi Arasu

A job at Google or Adobe is a dream come true for many bud­ding In­dian engineers, but Pulkit Gaur de­cided to pass up on of­fers from these com­pa­nies to set up his own re­search and in­no­va­tion firm. A2004 gold medal­list from Gov­ern­ment En­gi­neer­ing Col­lege, Jodh­pur, Gaur quit his job as a tech­ni­cal man­ager with Med­itab Soft­ware in Ahmed­abad to launch Grid­bots Tech­nolo­gies in 2007. He has since su­per­vised the de­vel­op­ment of over 50 ro­bots that have ap­pli­ca­tions in a di­verse range of fields from de­fence to home-mak­ing. Grid­bots’ cre­ations such as the GSR-1 ro­bot, In­dia’s first telep­res­ence ro­bot—a ro­bot fixed with a cam­era that can be op­er­ated from a re­mote lo­ca­tion—can be used at home as well as at the work place. “i am get­ting paid for do­ing what I re­ally en­joy. We want to be a pioneer in de­vel­op­ing spe­cific task-based ro­bots and also be­come a per­ma­nent player in the field of robotics,” says Gaur, who be­came a TED fel­low, a plat­form for young in­no­va­tors from around the world to in­ter­act and ex­change ideas, in 2009.

Coun­try First

Grid­bots’ clients in­cludes the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs, In­dian Navy, Bhabha Atomic Re­search Cen­tre, and NTPC.

Role Mod­els

Ap­ple co-founders Steve Woz­niak and Steve Jobs. The ven­ture has grown faster than ex­pected. Both Gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try are re­al­is­ing the value of robotics now.”

Chin­tan kella, Re­search As­so­ci­ate, iim-ahmed­abad

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