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Alessandro Zippilli wanted to build a toy robot to explore his garden, but ended up with something much more useful: a machine capable of rescuing the survivors of natural disasters. Elektro looks like a small, colourful car, but is fully equipped with open-source microcontrollers, lithium batteries and sensors to detect human breath under the debris of a collapsed building.
With more funding, Elektro could be used within international programmes to reduce the impact of natural disasters and help rescuers save lives.