Robot Rashmi is India's First Humanoid, Can Speak in Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri and English
Ranchi's Ranjit Srivastava with Robot Rashmi during initial stages | (Photo Credits: Currentaffairs.com)

Mumbai, August 3: Ranchi's Ranjit Srivastava has developed India's answer to 'Sophia', the social humaniod robot, and named it 'Rashmi'. According to media reports, Rashmi is a multilingual robot, who can speak several languages like Hindi, Bhojpuri and Marathi, other than English.

The 38-year-old Ranjit Srivastava , has claimed that Rashmi is the world's first social humanoid which can speak in Hindi. It can also lip-sync and reportedly uses the Linguistic Interpretation (LI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) features. Robot Rashmi also works with the help of visual data and modern technological features like facial recognition systems.

Srivastava was quoted as saying by media reports that Rashmi functions under a software which is specially designed for the robot. He also said that the Linguistic Interpretation feature used by the robot has been developed by him. The device's verbal response is facilitated by the AI programme, which analyses the conversation and dialogues, and the Linguistic Interpretation feature is used for studying the feeling of the conversation, according to Srivastava.

Dr Somnath Chattopadhyaya, associate professor of IIT-Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, was quoted saying by the Hindustan Times that this is the first Hindi speaking robot he has heard about and has called it an "incredible achievement."

Ranjit Srivastava, is an MBA and has an expertise in the field of software development, with more than 15 years of experience. Srivastava claimed that it took two years for him to develop the robot and it cost him Rs 50,000 to develop the robot.