UAE students invent affordable Braille device (NEWS)
A gaggle of college students have evolved an affordable, transportable device that straight away converts textual content and numerals into braille.
BraillEye, a pocket-sized device, will likely be displayed along side different tasks at a trade incubator within the three-day Think Science Fair in Dubai this week.
“This was the first time that we turned something that was purely theoretical into something real, and it was a great learning opportunity,” mentioned Mahmoud Abutaqiya, engineering undergraduate at UAE University.
He made the device with 5 pals from the chemical engineering, technical and trade control departments on the college.
“I tell students even if they have only an idea, they should participate because even if they don’t win but their idea has promise they will be contacted to find out what help they require,” Mr Abutaqiya mentioned.
It has taken two years for the UAE University group to supply the prototype for the truthful, after it received a competition.
The thought used to be impressed to lend a hand Saifldden Taqatqa, a visually impaired group member who wishes visible aids for day-to-day duties comparable to working out store worth tags.
Assistive gadgets are most often desirous about serving to the ones with visible disabilities to learn from the web or paperwork.
“In his daily life Saif needs to ask people to read for him,” mentioned Mr Abutaqiya, a Think Science ambassador.
“The assistive era this is to be had for the visually impaired is both now not efficient or super-expensive. We sought after to get a hold of one thing that might lend a hand in day-to-day lifestyles so he may learn such as you and I will be able to. This is one thing that you’ll be able to put for your pocket and it may learn the rest this is written from a cafe menu or a ticket in a store.
“The process takes a few seconds and anything in text or numbers is converted into Braille.”
An image taken through the unit is transformed right into a structure that may be felt at the BraillEye device.
Conversations with folks and folks with visible disabilities helped the group to keep in mind that the price of assistive gadgets averted folks from purchasing gear required for his or her kids.
“Cost is a major issue because some technology is Dh30,000, so parents are not able to afford it,” Mr Abutaqiya mentioned. “It’s like people are trying to exploit the problem they have. We want people to afford it so we are aiming for it to be less than $1,000 (Dh3,700).”
The prototype is within the checking out degree with comments invited from visually impaired students.
Now in its 6th yr, the Think Science Fair run through the Emirates Foundation draws college students and faculty pupils to show promising tasks that may vary from good robots – machines powered through synthetic intelligence – highway protection designs, disabled-friendly mobility plans, meals answers and methods to avoid wasting the surroundings.
Winners of this yr’s pageant will likely be mentored and obtain investment for incubation and release levels for the primary time for the reason that contest used to be began.
This emphasis on development a prototype is a part of efforts to advertise the rustic as an international innovation centre.
Projects which are socially related and will have an effect on a large target audience would be the cornerstone of the truthful right through the Year of Zayed.
“Social innovation projects are a centre of focus this year as part of the foundation encouraging youth to walk in the footsteps of the UAE’s Founding Father,” mentioned Maytha Al Habsi, leader government of the Emirates Foundation.
“As we continue to evolve our Think Science programme, we are building a true ecosystem for youth innovation in line with the foundation’s commitment to make the UAE one of the most innovative nations in the world.”
The ambition is to make the yearly truthful a vacation spot for formative years, and stimulate interest and hobby in science.
The match would additionally lend a hand “young talent gain the right exposure and support to help them successfully launch their projects”, Ms Al Habsi mentioned.
“Through our partnerships with specialied entities and innovation incubators, we are working to fuel and support the adoption of amazing youth inventions across all sectors.”
Top tasks have integrated a big fridge that grows micro vegetables from seed to plant in 10 days, an underwater robotic that may adopt lengthy trips, a drone that searches and assaults unauthorised drones, and digital truth tutorial video games.
The pageant has attracted greater than 12,000 younger folks since its inception and a file 1,880 tasks have been submitted this yr.
Open from September to November, the competition encourages younger folks elderly between 15 and 35 from the UAE.
The three-day Think Science Fair starts on Monday on the Dubai World Trade Centre.
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