Lucknow Man Saw Puppy Trapped In Drain, Says He Used Drone To Save It

Milind Raj says it took him six hours to assemble the improvised aerial vehicle. He says he attached an Artificial Intelligence-controlled robotic arm and giant drone together in his Lucknow lab

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Lucknow Man Saw Puppy Trapped In Drain, Says He Used Drone To Save It

UP's Milind Raj claims a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence and says he builds robots for a living

New Delhi:  Lucknow's Milind Raj says he was out for his usual morning walk last month when he heard an animal whimper. The 27-year-old says he traced the source of the distressed cries to a puppy trapped inside a drain. According to him, the dog had been stranded there for two days. 

Mr Raj, who claims a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI), says he builds robots for a living and returned to his lab to see how he could help the dog. The solution, he said, was an AI-controlled robotic arm attached to a giant drone.
 
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The AI-controlled robotic arm attached to a giant drone lifts the stray puppy

"The drain was so filthy, it was like a bog," Mr Raj told NDTV. "It was not possible for a human to rescue the puppy without endangering their own life, so I decided to put technology to the task," he said. "I decided to use the AI-controlled robotic arm because it has a smart heartbeat sensor. Attached to the drone, I knew it would be risky but may work," he added.

He says he returned to the open drain about six hours later and sent the improvised aerial vehicle to do its job - controlling the drone carefully from outside.

"The AI helped me monitor the animal's heart rate, If the grip was too tight, the pup would suffocate," he said.

A video shows the puppy mid-air in the clutches of the robotic arm. Using the drone, Mr Raj flies the puppy across the road, before releasing the grip of the robotic arm. 

"When it was on the ground, it vomited plastic including paan masala packets that people had carelessly tossed into the drain," Mr Raj claimed. 
 
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The 27-year-old says it took six hours to assemble the robotic arm and giant drone together in his Lucknow lab

The woman who shot the video says she happened to be walking past when she saw the unusual sight of a puppy being lifted in the air by a drone.

"I stopped when I saw the puppy in the air," Indira Nagar resident Shubhra Kal told NDTV. "I started filming when I realised how strange the sight was."
 
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Milind Raj says he has adopted the stray puppy and named it "Lifted"

On April 27, Mr Raj uploaded an edited version of the video on his YouTube channel. 

Watch the video below:



Mr Raj said he's adopted the stray dog and named it "Lifted."

There was plenty of praise for Mr Raj, but the video also provoked skepticism on social media.
    
Mr Raj's humanoid robot was one of the prime attractions at February's Uttar Pradesh Investors' Summit. The trilingual robot, fluent in Hindi, English and Sanskrit, welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath among other guests to the event.
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