Robotics is catching on quickly among young people today and most of them are doing tremendously well in building robots for real applications for Africa and the world at large.
It is not uncommon to find robotics clubs in most basic and high schools across the continent today.
Evident at the just ended Pan-African Robotics competition, these young kids are definitely futuristic in their thinking and taking steps in the right direction to reinvent Africa in the fields of coding, engineering and robotics.
Such is the story of Fathia Abdullahi, a twelve year old girl who is using her coding skills to build a robot that helps her parents perform everyday tasks.
Fathia who started coding at the age of 10 recently showed the world her T-shirt folding robot which completes the task in just three seconds. The ingenious machine folds clothes automatically once you put them on its panels.
In an interview with Reuters, Abdullahi revealed that she built the machine with an EV3 brick, some beams, and pins. Specifically, the EV3 brick is a programmable circuit working as the heart of Mindstorms Education robots of LEGO, which children can make and program on their own to conduct basic tasks.
She also shared her inspiration for building this robot as a way out to help her parents easily perform tasks that were time demanding; stating that, folding of clothes is one of the major challenges in her house.
Although the folding robot Fathia built is just a prototype, the 12-year-old creator said that she has plans to further develop this device and wants to sell it to local people through markets with the aim of making their chores easier.
Check out Fathia’s invention in the video below: