A Chemistry student at the Federal University, Gashua, Yobe, Usman Dagona, has invented a mini-wireless spying car.
The car is currently ranked third with 274 points on the ‘2021 Create the Future Design Contest voting scoreboard’, sponsored by COMSOL and Mouser Electronics.
“My robot spying car is a rechargeable normal wireless device with five to six microcontrollers. Besides recording audio and video, it also has internal memory for saving data. The car doesn’t operate using only hand controllers,” said Dagona, in an interview with newsmen in Damaturu on Thursday, adding: “It can move with the direction of my voice and orders”.
Dagona added that although the car could only recognise his voice at the moment, it could be enhanced and utilised by the intelligence community in the country.
“This robot spying car is a counterpart of my just concluded mini-spying drone. The two devices can assist in providing efficient and accurate intelligence gathering”, he further explained.
Dagona, a National Certificate of Education (NCE) holder, had in November 2020 beat 1,749 others to emerge winner of the Imagine National Chemistry Competition in Abuja.
He, however, came second to Adalet Adam, of Turkey, when he represented Nigeria at the Imagine Chemistry International Akzo Nobel Competition 2020/2021 held in the Netherlands.
In recognition of his feat, the Yobe government offered him automatic employment into the civil service on GL 7 but has yet to provide him with a scholarship as earlier promised.