Coronavirus Outbreak is rapidly increasing in India with the nationwide lockdown imposed by the Government to curb the spread of the virus in the country.
Since people are staying at home because of lockdown and follow Physical distancing but sometimes people have to get out of their house for daily needs and other work.
Karthik Velayutham, a Coimbatore-based Indian engineer has found a solution of keeping physical distancing and stay away from the virus infection by building a robot to shop for him. His machine includes a cardboard box that has been fixed on a four-wheel wooden platform, it took him two days to make and cost Rs. 3,000 rupees.
He controls the machine by sitting in his home using the built-in smartphone on the robot that receives a command from him over the internet and if he wants to buy something he informs the shopkeeper over the video call and his robot can carry loads of up to 50 kilograms.
“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,” Velayutham, told AFP.
“I have tested this device on the streets and it has no problems and goes smoothly, even over speed bumps because I have used a gear motor.”
“The specialty of my robot is that it can be controlled from anywhere in the world, the payment can be done using any mobile wallet or electronic payment system remotely,” Velayutham said.
Velayutham believes that his machine with some improvements can be used for healthcare workers, for shopping, police patrolling, and even in fire situations where human travel is hard accordingly.