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Bristol inventor scoops top prize with low-cost robot

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 18 October 2017 12:03

Bristol inventor scoops top prize with low-cost robot

A Bristol inventor has won best Computer Science Student in Europe for his low-cost robot.

Sam Martin, who is from Bristol and is studying at Cardiff University, scooped the prize at prize the Undergraduate Awards 2017, beating 6,000 people to the prize.

His robot, which has been nicknamed Sprinkles, creates 3D maps of its surroundings and cost under £100 to build.

Mr Martin said: “I wanted to prove you don't need super-duper hardware or a PhD in electronic engineering to make a robot from scratch, and get it to do some pretty amazing stuff.”

Sprinkles moves through its environment firing a laser at an angle to produce measurements that create the 3D maps.

Mr Martin believes his robot can be used in a wide variety of industries, including disaster recovery.

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“Its low cost makes it ideal and safe for exploring a collapsed building. Mounting it onto a drone enables it to map the land and sea from above.”

He will receive his award at the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in Dublin in November, with other winners.

Dr Brenda Cullen, executive director of The Undergraduate Awards, said: “It is an immense achievement for undergraduate students to benchmark their work globally.

“To be recognised for their creativity and innovative approach within their discipline can only propel them to become global thinkers and potential change-makers.”

The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest international academic awards programme recognising innovation and excellence at undergraduate level.

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