Monday, November 9, 2009

Students Design Robotic Shopping Cart

"WORCESTER — Whenever Ty N. Tremblay went to a supermarket, he noticed a problem: An elderly and disabled shopper seated in a motorized cart could only collect what would fill a small basket on the cart or would have to rely on someone else to follow with a large shopping carriage.

The solution? The Autonomous Shopping Cart, a robotic shopping carriage created by Mr. Tremblay and other Worcester Polytechnic Institute students that would follow any shopper through the aisles of a store. “That way the elderly don't have to push a shopping cart, the handicapped don't have to get in (a cart),” said Mr. Tremblay, or your kid doesn't push it into your ankles..."
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  1. You can applaud your effort in trying to help out people who are in wheelchairs but if this shopping cart is meant for someone who is in a manual wheelchair as in someone who is dependent on their wheelchair and cannot get in and out of it by just jumping out of it then I would suggest you making that shopping cart the whole apparatus not taller than three feet because when you are in a wheelchair and you are behind the shopping cart you can't see anything so you end up running into whatever is in the aisle you end up running into children and other service dogs so I applaud your effort but go back to the drawing board and only make it 3 feet high

  2. This blog is actually devoted to the efforts of students to learn important things within the context of real world challenges. And so, the details of the student creation here are actually somewhat secondary. But to your point, if students ARE going to work on real world challenges, then they also need to be responsible for their solutions and feedback like that you offer here is actually a gift; something that students can use to understand the value of their creations, and especially how to make them better!