Brainfeed in conversation with Siddharth Lakshmanasamy, student at Pristine Public School, Bangalore, about his love for coding and the thought behind developing COVID Patient Server Robot
As a child, what inspired you to learn coding?
My father was my first inspiration. From my young age I have been seeing my father code and I got the passion of coding from him. I didn’t want to learn coding in the same way as how others do – just coding on the computer and seeing the output. That was the usual, boring school route. I wanted to learn differently and also have fun. During lockdown I heard and then searched about SP Robotics. I was inspired by SP Robotics and joined the Codey Inventor course.
Please brief us about COVID Patient’s Server Robot.
Health care workers who are putting their lives in danger to help patients fuel my desire to chalk various inventive measures of help. Robot Server is a product of this desire to equip the frontline workers with safety tools. In my Codey Inventor Course, I learnt complete C programming with my robot. I know to code my robot based on my chosen project. So, I implemented the concepts learnt to build a Covid Patient Server Robot for serving food and medicine to infected patients simultaneously by maintaining social distancing. It will help health workers to keep themselves safe reducing risks of contamination.
I didn’t want to learn coding in the same way as how others do – just coding on the computer and seeing the output. That was the usual, boring school route.
How do you keep yourself updated with latest apps, coding ideas and the scope for tech development?
I keep thinking about social problems to discern if I can solve them with my projects. Such projects will be my next innovation and I keep thinking on how to make it more effective. To keep myself updated, I check the news in the App called SP Robotics Community App. All of us have all updates on other student innovations, world news, opportunities and everything coming there. That’s a one stop fun place for me.
What were some of the challenges you faced completing the project?
The logics for coding will be different for different applications. The main challenge I faced in this project was the logic to make the robot stop correctly near the patient and wait till he/she takes the food basket. And then after the basket is taken, the robot should turn and start running again. It was first challenging to create the logic and once I framed it, I was able to code it easily. I am very happy to see the admirations my robot is getting! I will one day implement this project in real life and I am sure it will save many lives!
COVID Patient Server Robot will help health workers to keep themselves safe reducing risks of contamination.
Any future plans or collaboration in the pipeline?
Yes, I am planning to add more features and functionalities to my robot. Also make it bigger. I am using SP Robotics platform to reach out to many communities where I can implement this robot and also get sponsorship for building a real-life one which might cost around Rs. 25000.
What would you be your advice to budding developers who look up to changemakers like you?
Learning can be boring if done in the wrong way. Each person like me should find out their interesting way to learn – for me it’s by building and making things. I always used to play around and fiddle with gadgets and toys. So, find your interesting way to learn. Finding a mentor to grasp the concepts and crosscheck the practical feasibility of applying the coding knowledge is an important part of learning coding.