Shalu Robot

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Shalu is an Indian multilingual humanoid robot, developed by Dinesh Patel, a Kendriya Vidyalaya computer science teacher from Mumbai.[1][2][3] It is reported that the robot is able to speak in 9 Indian languages (including Hindi, Marathi language Bengali, Bhojpuri language) and 38 foreign languages (including English language, Japanese language, German language).[2][4][1][5] Dinesh claims that the robot is custom-made with aluminum, plastic, and other materials and none of the components is 3D-printed to keep the cost low.[6][7] The robot uses multiple Raspberry Pi and Arduino Microcontrollers for computation.[5][6] The programming of the robot has been done using open-source libraries like TensorFlow, Natural Language Toolkit. [5] [6] Dainik Bhaskar reports that the next version of the robot is currently in development.[3]


The robot’s creator, Dinesh Patel states S. Shankar directed Enthiran and Hanson Robotics developed social humanoid robot, Sophia (robot), as his prime motivation for building the robot.[6] He worked on the robot for 3 years.[3][6] The first version of the robot was introduced to the world on 23 Nov 2020 by means of a telecast on DD News.[5]


It is reported that the robot can interact in 47 languages.[8][9][3][1] The robot can recognize people and remember them, answer factual questions and engage in casual talks.[5] The robot can shake hands, express emotions like happiness and anger, and make jokes.[2] DD News reports that the robot can act as a personal assistant, reply to queries either verbally or through emails.[5] Dinesh claims that the robot can engage in conversations based on a script, solve simple math problems, give information about chemistry elements, and conduct verbal quizzes.[6] He claims that the robot can deliver weather reports, and readout horoscopes, recipes, book reviews, movies reviews and product description.[6] Patrika (Hindi newspaper)|Patrika reported that the robot can answer questions related to history and geography.[10]

It is reported that the robot is meant to be deployed in schools to teach students.[1][11] DD News reports that the robot can be used as a companion to senior citizens and young children.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "केंद्रीय विद्यालय के टीचर ने बनाई रोबोट 'शालू', 47 भाषाओं में कर सकती है बात". News18 India. 29 Dec 2020. Retrieved 31 Dec 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "मुंबई के शिक्षक दिनेश पटेल ने "शालू" नाम का एक सामाजिक अर्ध-मानवीय रोबोट विकसित किया". DD News. 5 Dec 2020. Retrieved 31 Dec 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "मुंबई के टीचर की नई खोज:3 साल में बनाया 9 भारतीय और 38 विदेशी भाषाएं बोलने वाला रोबोट, इसका नाम है 'शालू'". Dainik Bhaskar. 28 Dec 2020. Retrieved 31 Dec 2020.
  4. "मुंबई : केंद्रीय विद्यालयाचे शिक्षक दिनेश पटेल यांनी अर्धमानवी रोबोट विकसित केला आहे". DD Sahyadri. Dec 12, 2020. Retrieved 31 Dec 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 "First Social Humanoid Robot which can speak in 9 Indian and 38 Foreign languages". DD News. 23 Nov 2020. Retrieved 31 Dec 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 NT, Baiju (Dec 9, 2020). "Interview with Dinesh Patel, who built the humanoid 'Shalu'". RoboticsBiz. Retrieved 31 Dec 2020.
  7. "সম্পূর্ণ স্বদেশী সামগ্রী দিয়ে রোবট বানিয়ে তাক লাগালেন ভারতীয় শিক্ষক, ৪৭ টি ভাষা বলতে সক্ষম 'রোবট শালু"". Bangla Hunt. 29 Dec 2020. Retrieved 31 Dec 2020.
  8. "Lakh Take Ki Bat : Farmers Protest gets Congress support, Rahul Gandhi submits letter to President". News Nation. 24 Dec 2020. Retrieved 5 Jan 2021.
  9. "'शालू' बोलेगी ४७ भाषाएं!…मुंबई आईआईटी ने बनाया रोबोट". Saamana. 1 Jan 2021. Retrieved 5 Jan 2021.
  10. Trivedi, Anurag (5 Jan 2021). "केन्द्रीय विद्यालय के साइंस टीचर बनाया रोबोट 'शालू, 47 भाषाओं में कर सकता है बात". Rajasthan Patrika. Retrieved 5 Jan 2021.
  11. "Sau Baat Ki Ek Baat | आज दिन भर की बड़ी ख़बरें | December 28, 2020 | Kishore Ajwani | News18 India". News18 India. 28 Dec 2020. Retrieved 31 Dec 2020.

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