2012 finalists & winners > 13 to 14 years > Smart Trolley
Burnside High School
After being continually frustrated by not being able to find the products he’s looking for, Nathan came up with the Smart Trolley.
“Once when I was shopping in the Warehouse, I was assured by a sales assistant that a DVD I wanted was in stock but they couldn’t tell us where and we couldn’t find it. These sorts of incidences are what lead me to create a product that would let you know when you were near the product you wanted.
One of the best parts was seeing my project working before the fine tweaking part of the process. Seeing all the hard work I had put in producing an outcome that actually worked was very motivating.
The hardest part was definitely finding a means of communicating between the shelving system where items are stocked and the supermarket trolley. My first idea was to use RFID as a means of communication; however I had to rethink this as the metal trolley created interference, limiting the range of communication. I then came to the idea of using infrared communication which is used in the product.
I enjoy playing a lot of different team and individual sports. I enjoy hiking, playing the guitar and creating things.
Burt Munro has been my biggest inspiration, he proved that you don’t need the latest technology to produce a world beating outcome; you just need a passion and drive to achieve your goals."