Students in Thailand have designed an alms bowl for monks with GPS tracking, allowing villagers to view the route of monks for almsgiving in the mornings.
According to a report in Lao Post, students from Suan Bun Yopatham Lamphun School in Lampang, Thailand, won first prize in innovation in a national engineering skills contest with the creative idea.
The idea of the GPS-enabled alms bowl was aimed at restoring a community lifestyle for Buddhists in Thailand, according to the students.
A special cap for the alms bowl was designed and printed with a 3D printer to replace the original. It can be removed for cleaning and can be used to contain food as well.
A special application is used to track the location of the monks as they make their rounds in the mornings, allowing villagers to prepare.