Fathia Abdullahi, a 12-year-old Nigerian girl, has come to limelight after she built a robot that is capable of folding clothes in ‘three seconds’.
Faithia who started coding at 11 disclosed that she built the robot prototype to fold T-shirts because “there are too much clothes to fold” during the weekends in their household.
The young programmer while responding to questions about the drive behind her robot said, “I made the T-shirt folder because there are too many clothes to fold on Saturdays and Sundays when you wash a lot. I made it using some pins, some beams, and EV3 brick.
“I started coding at the age of 11. I decided to build the robot because that’s the problem we have at home. We wash clothes and there are always lots of T-shirts to fold.
Faithia who dreams of becoming a food scientist in the future, however, is keen to use coding to help herself and the society; disclosing that she also intends to develop the tech for commercial sales. “I’d love to be a food scientist when I grow up. I’ll be able to use coding to build so many things that would help me.”
Meanwhile, another 12-year-old, Oluwatobiloba Owolola, has also developed a robot grabber that senses nearby objects and moves them to a more preferred location.
Owolola who seems obsessed with coding and looks forward to carving out a career for himself in robotics engineering, said “This is the robot grabber. I programmed it to identify the object, grab it and take it to another position. I started coding when I was ten. I found Lego Robotics interesting that I wanted to do all through.”
Both had been featured by Reuters and the BBC Pidgin.