Students assemble robotic bomb disposal rover for science festival

Students assemble robotic bomb disposal rover for science festival

KUALA LUMPUR - Defusing a bomb is risky business, but advancements in robotics have greatly reduced the chances of injury or loss of life.

Robotic technology might not be new, but that didn't stop a group of engineering students from the Multimedia University from designing a robotic arm as their main exhibit at the Petrosains Science Festival 2013 at Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, Suria KLCC.

"The structure was made from 3D printing, which allowed us to conceptualise the entire design in detail before we put the whole thing together," said Gary Yap, 21, a telecommunication engineering student at the university.

Looking somewhat like the Lunar Rover with an arm, the structure is made of plastic, remote-controlled motors and wheels.

In another exhibit, audiovisual equipment company Nova Spectra displayed its LED screens that would enable Formula One circuit spectators to watch and listen to the races live.

The firm is contracted to supply the screens in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and the United States racing circuits.

The festival was abuzz with students, children and adults walking around the exhibition spaces in Petrosains and KLCC's Centre Court area, which now displays a pair of Petronas F1 car simulators.

Chief executive officer of Petrosains Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim was pleased with the number of visitors the festival has attracted so far, saying that it exceeded expectations.

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