Ranchi man Ranjit Srivastava,38, has developed an Indian version of ‘Sophia,’ a social humanoid robot developed by a Hong Kong-based company, named Rashmi which can speak Hindi, Bhojpuri and Marathi along with English. The developer claimed it as world’s first Hindi speaking realistic humanoid robot and India’s first lip-synching robot. Rashmi uses linguistic interpretation (LI), artificial intelligence (AI), visual data and facial recognition systems.
A master of business administration (MBA), Srivastava, who has expertise in software development of more than 15 years, has developed the speaking robot in two years at a meagre cost of Rs 50,000. Rashmi functions under a specially designed software and linguistic interpretation system developed by me. The LI programme analyses the feeling of the conversation while the AI program analyses the conversation to extract the response from the device.
When I saw it and its functions, I thought it could be developed and decided to develop a Hindi speaking robot in July 2016, said Srivastava, who has developed much software for different departments of the state government. Many of his software received national recognition. Ranjit claims to have developed an e-Nibandhan portal for registration department, which received the Scotch award, e-library for information and public relation department, tourism portal for tourism department, which won a national tourism award.