Is this robotic wheel the future of unmanned home delivery?
The Transwheel is turning heads with its sleek and practical design.
The autonomous delivery system has been promised to us for some time now. It's mostly surfaced in the form of flying drones, thanks to Amazon and a few enterprising small businesses, but it's not yet widely available.
One student, however, has developed a new and novel way to deliver goods sans humans – and the concept is a bit more ... grounded.
Kobe Shikar is a student at the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Israel. He designed an autonomous robotic wheel, which he calls Transwheel, as part of his final project. It is GPS-driven, with communication capabilities that allow it to operate solo or, when larger packages necessitate, in coordination with other Transwheels.
Shikar has outfitted the Transwheel to operate in any and all environments. Detection cameras enable it to navigate through urban areas full of obstacles, while LED lights allow it to deliver at night.
Though still a concept design, Shikar says he hopes to develop the Transwheel into a working prototype if he can find a partner to develop it with.
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