As many people are maintaining social distancing while running errands during the Covid-19 pandemic, this genius computer engineer from Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore city, India found a creative way to keep him safe while doing grocery shopping – by inventing a robotic cart.
His name is Karthik Velayutham and he built a robotic cart to shop for him
This guy came up with a creative invention to help him buy groceries without the chance of him getting infected by Covid-19. The robotic cart that he designed is very simple – which is made up of a cardboard box resting on a four-wheel wooden platform.
Surprisingly, it only took him two days and costs just RM 173.80 to build it. The robot can be controlled from anywhere in the world with the help of internet and video call. So, it does help in maintaining social distancing while he is shopping in the market ‘virtually’.
The robot can carry up to 30 kilograms of essentials per trip
“I ran my robot to the wine shop as a trial to demonstrate how someone can use it in a crowded place and to create awareness about the importance of social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” he said.
He also added that he uses the robot to pick up groceries in his local market where it queues with regular shoppers. The device can carry up to 30 kilograms of shopping.
He has tested the robot on the streets and it has no problem and goes smoothly – even over speed bumps thanks to the gear motor that he used for the robot.
This is how he commands the robot to do grocery shopping
He uses the robot’s built-in smartphone and send commands to it via the internet. He will control the robot to go to the shops and will queues just like regular shoppers. He tells the shopkeeper what he wants to buy via a video call and the person will then pack the items according to order and keep them in the robot crate. All payments are made via mobile wallet or electronic payment system remotely.
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