YOUNG INVENTOR: Allora student Jasmine Eldridge has been awarded for her Dog of Technology invention as part of Origin's annual littleBIG idea competition.
YOUNG INVENTOR: Allora student Jasmine Eldridge has been awarded for her Dog of Technology invention as part of Origin's annual littleBIG idea competition. Contributed

Inventor, 12, creates robotic dog for autism

A ROBOTIC dog designed to help children with autism has been created by an Allora student.

At just 12 years old, Jasmine Eldridge came up with the Dog of Technology, or D.O.T.

Jasmine has now been awarded for her invention in the Grade 7-8 category in Origin's littleBIGidea competition.

"Well one day I was in year three or four and I really wanted a Zoomer Dog (a robotic dog toy)," Jasmine said.

"I thought I could make something just as well myself."

Jasmine decided to ask for a robotic kit for her birthday. The kit included heaps of lights and sensors and her interest peaked.

Having autism herself, with she described as "good different", Jasmine decided to create something to help kids just like her.

"When someone has autism it normally means they have a special interest," she said.

"I have had many - horses and My Little Pony - but something turned my brain to looking at robots."

D.O.T is designed to help remind kids to take medication and also has a button to notify family via email or text if they are needed in an emergency.

It also has a removable collar that can be used as a GPS wrist band and features LED lights programmed to flash in sequences to help the child calm down.

D.O.T is user-friendly, portable and includes breathing and calming strategies and interactive games.

"It took me about two years. I did heaps and heaps of planning from Year 4 onwards and I planned, changed and edited it over time," she said.

"By the time I was in Year 6 I got the parts I needed and I made him.

"He is very good and huggable and plays with you and he is a nice design."

After her win in the littleBIG idea competition, which received more than 1000 entries nationally and won her $1000, the Allora State School student participated in an Engineers Without Borders design workshop with other finalists on Wednesday to further develop her idea.

Her next step is to provide a final pitch of her idea to the judging panel for her chance to be selected as the national winner for her age category and win a trip to NASA Kennedy Space Centre in the US - which will be announced next month.


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