Customers struggling to get items in and out of their supermarket trolley could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to an ingenious design by a 13-year-old boy. Aiden McCann’s “trolley for the elderly” has been brought to life by a team of engineering students in Scotland.
The mechanised trolley moves up, down and tilts forward; and comes with rollers and an opening front, so shopping can be easily rolled out. Aiden designed the trolley with his 75-year-old grandmother, Lydia, in mind.
“The trolley can change heights so people don’t have to lift their bags of shopping very far. I invented this for my gran because she isn’t very strong,” the young inventor says in his design information.
Aiden’s invention was the overall winner in last year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – part of a programme designed to reward interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.
From there, it was picked up by a team of mechanical engineering graduates from the University of Strathclyde, who developed a working prototype. Progress on the design was tracked through videos and blogs, to help inspire future inventors.
Engineering student Gerry McDonnell explains in one video why Aiden’s design is “fantastic”. “It’s a good concept which solves a simple problem really effectively,” McDonnell says.
The working trolley was unveiled as part of a special award ceremony for the 2016 Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award. Seeing the idea come to life with a working trolley was incredible, Aiden tells Huffpost.
“It’s an amazing piece of engineering and it was amazing to see it come to life,” he says.
The youngster, who now wants to become a mechanical engineer, says his gran loves the trolley.