Take a Raspberry Pi (which is a tiny computer the size of a credit card costing around £25) and give it to a small group of Dalriada pupils. Tell them to create something that could make the world a better place and what do you get? An ingenious invention that could improve the lives of the elderly- indeed, millions of people!
On Wednesday 20th March, Dalriada Robotics club successfully reached the finals of the UK wide Raspberry Pi competition run by software innovators, PA Consulting. Their idea was to use a Raspberry Pi connected to a Doctor’s computer (via the internet) to dispense pills at specific times on specific dates. In fact, the online pill dispenser could be set up to handle a variety of drugs and can be monitored remotely by any doctor, anywhere in the world. Furthermore, Dalriada’s Robotic team managed to come up with a simple method to detect if the patient had been following their prescription or not.
So impressed were the organisers of the competition that they used their project as a ‘poster-child’ for the event. With Dalriada Robotics club versus the rest of the UK, this indeed was a challenge of the highest standard.
Thanks to Northern Ireland Electricity, who sponsored the team all the way and paid all their expenses, the Robotics team made their final pitch to a panel of judges from the BBC, Cambridge University, Google and Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Well, it’s suffice to say that our Dalriads beat the competition and beat them well. All judges commented on the enthusiasm of each of the pupils and commended their creativity in designing a bespoke software and hardware solution.