Polytechnic students win science fair with medical robot

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The robot is capable of measuring body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure

Students of the Brahmanbaria Polytechnic Institute have earned the first prize at a district science fair for their project, a robot that can be used as an alternative to a physician.

Ashikur Rahman, Anasur Rahman, Mir Amin, Mehedi Hassan and Abdul Monnaf from the Department of Electromedical Technology built the robot in just 15 days and named it ‘Mr Electromedical’.

Ashikur Rahman and Anasur Rahman, two of the developers, said the robot is able to measure a patient’s body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. The robot can move back and forth with the help of wheels, and it also has voice capabilities but with limited responses. 

“We had to build the robot out of cheap components for lack of sufficient funds. The project still has ways to go and we are confident that we can finish the entire work with appropriate funds. 

Junior Instructor (Tech) Abul Kashem of the Department of Electromedical Technology, who directly assisted in making the robot, said it was the first electromedical robot in the country’s history. “The robot cost around Tk50,000 to make, most of which came from the students of the department and the rest was provided by the institute.”

Engineer Abul Kalam Azad, acting principal of Brahmanbaria Polytechnic Institute, said: “Only 9 out of the 49 polytechnic institutes in the country have electromedical technology departments. These students perform repair and maintenance of medical equipment used in hospitals.”

“Although the department has been around since 2005, no government employment opportunities have been created for the students who have so far passed.”