Shopping Robot using Arduino to buy Stuff during COVID 19 Lock Down
I will show you how I made a DIY Telepresence Robot using Arduino that can be controlled from a mobile phone, which I used for shopping, buying things from nearby shops, passing things to my neighbors and friends' houses, all while remaining safe and sound in my home and following social distancing protocol.
Shopping Robot, Social Distancing and COVID 19
COVID-19 has become a global menace to people all over the world, as you are aware, and it is still spreading like wildfire. COVID-19 can only be defeated if everyone works together.
Distancing ourselves from society is a vital step in combating COVID-19. This is accomplished by limiting interaction with people who may or may not be infected with the virus. As a result, it's always a good idea to stay at home as long as possible.
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What Motivated Me to Create an Arduino Shopping Robot?
But, after all, aren't we all humans? We require supplies, make purchases, and occasionally engage with others in some way. So I decided to build a robot to handle all of these tasks for myself. A robot that could go shopping in the neighborhood and engage with my neighbors and friends.
That, in a nutshell, is the backstory to my Arduino-based DIY Telepresence Robot. As usual, I'll include entire instructions, including the circuit schematic, PCB files (if you want to construct your own PCB), codes, and explanations, so you can create one yourself.
Make a DIY Telepresence Shopping Robot using Arduino – Video Tutorial
If you are too lazy to read them all. Don't be worried. We have a detailed video tutorial with step-by-step directions on how we developed the robot for shopping during COVID-19. Take a look at the video below.
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What did I use to Build my DIY Shopping Robot Arduino?
For this project, all I needed was a mobile phone, a mobile phone stand, an Arduino board with Wi-Fi connectivity, and an L293D motor driver IC.
- Arduino Nano 33 IoT – Check it on Amazon
- L293D/L298N Motor Driver IC – Check it on Amazon
- DC Motors – Check it on Amazon
- Robot Chassis – Check Price
- LED – Check it on Amazon
- Soldering Iron – Check it on Amazon
- Terminal Blocks – Check it on Amazon
How to Make a Shopping Telepresence Robot
Step 1: Make a Plan - Create an Arduino Telepresence Shopping Robot
The plan was to place this phone in front of the robot as shown in the video and activate mobile...Read more »