Burnside High School student Thomas James wanted to help his elderly neighbour, so he invented a wheelie bin robot to take her large recycling bin to the kerb.
The invention has won him the 2019 Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize.
Thomas used lego models for his first prototype before learning about micro-processors, programming, autonomous navigation and sourcing the many intricate components he needed to build a full-size self-navigating robot.
His nominator says he is a very talented engineer who’s developed and produced a system that adult technologists would struggle to design and make.
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