Selfie robot attracts a long queue at Vyapar

Kochi, June 16: Kerala Minister for Law, Industries and Coir Shri P. Rajeeve had a pleasant surprise at Vyapar 2002 today when a robot at the business-to-business meet invited him for a photo and came up with its print in 30 seconds after the click. An amused minister, who was impressed with the ‘selfie robot’, went ahead with his round of the stalls at JLN International Stadium Ground before inaugurating the three-day event being organised chiefly by the Department of Industries and Commerce.

“Let’s take a selfie together,” was how the robot greeted the minister, who then posed for an image and got its printout in half-a-minute. “Very prompt,” exclaimed Shri Rajeeve. “Excellent clarity, too.”

The four-foot-tall device subsequently saw curious delegates at Vyapar 2022 lining up for images. The white-coloured machine was developed by Bengaluru-based Robot Entertainment India, which is into robotics and animatronics.

“Typically, our models blend a solid paleontological research, advanced robotic technology and fine art-work,” says Kishore Kumar, founder CEO of the two-decade-old company. “Our typical clients comprise museums, science centres, amusement parks, FECs, zoos, resorts, cruise lines, schools, restaurants and retail outlets. We also get invited for community fairs, and event-planners. All Robots for permanent installations are made-to-order.”

The selfie robot has become a cynosure at Vyapar 2022, with the delegates queuing up for a quick image from the printer attached to the computer-fed device.

Lingaraj B., a volunteer with Robot Entertainment at Vyapar 2022, reveals that the first 100 selfies on the inaugural day were given for free. “From then on, we are charging Rs 20 a copy.” Adds his colleague Nagendra Prasad: “Instant photo in print is the USP of this device.”

Vyapar 2022 is open to the public on June 18 (Saturday) from 2 p.m.


Kerala Minister for Law, Industries and Coir P. Rajeeve being greeted by the 'selfie robot' ahead of clicking an instant image at Vyapar 2022 in JLN Stadium Ground in Kochi on June 16, Thursday. Flanking him are Kochi Mayor M. Anilkumar and Industries and Commerce Director S. Harikishore.