Published: 19th June 2020
This eight-year-old develops a sanitiser capsule using his toys and biscuit packets to curb COVID
This capsule can be installed in crowded places to spray sanitiser using compressed air and it can reduce the virus from spreading at the rate that is currently at
When eight-year-old Shaurya Shenoy was attending online classes conducted by his school in the last week, he got to learn the properties of air and different ways of using it for compression and expansion. At the same time, he saw his father rubbing his hands after taking a dab of hand sanitiser. That's when he thought that the properties of air like compression and expansion can be used to spray sanitiser in crowded areas or any public place, really.
Shaurya told his father this and received a thumbs up from him. This Trio World Academy students explains, "My father asked if I can build a prototype and I jumped at it. Since I have toys that have motors fixed in it, I dismantled them and started working on the prototype. I also got a few empty and transparent biscuit packets so that the liquid filled in the capsule is visible."
He further adds, "The entire unit will be lightweight and will contain a cubicle that can store compressed air and it can be used any time you need. This cubicle storing compressed air has to be sprayed with a sanitiser. Once we switch on the motor, the compressor pushes the air out along with the sanitiser. It can be fixed in a passage and whenever the person walks in, this sanitiser will get sprayed on them. We can use batteries that run on solar energy. In my prototype, I have fixed rechargeable batteries. This can be implemented in places like apartment complexes, schools, shopping malls, theatres and so on."
When we asked if he working on some other device, he says, "I have no online classes now and we are on holiday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But I am good at learning technical aspects of machines. So I keep watching videos of how machines work in the industries on different websites. Hopefully, I will come up with something new before my school reopens."