Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis personally congratulated the PlaisioBots team, who won gold for Greece at the International Robot Olympiad for youngsters, at Maximos Mansion on Thursday.
Iris Angelopoulou, Vasiliki Iliadi, Christos Rentzis and Alkiviadis Kotsikopoulos won the top prize for creating a “smart” white cane for the blind.
“I had the pleasure of congratulating the PlaisioBots student team for winning the gold medal at the International Robot Olympiad. They designed and built a robotic cane to facilitate the movement of visually impaired people. They make us very proud,” Mitsotakis tweeted.
The team which was sponsored by one of the largest technology outlets in Greece, Plaisio, worked closely together during the coronavirus pandemic.
The white cane has a 3D detection sensor that warns the user of obstacles that are in the environment.
It can also “read” traffic lights, allowing it to tell users when to cross the street.