Student innovators showcase talent at science festival

Innovator 2018 and Abu Dhabi Science Festival feature robot doctor, grocery temperature monitor, fog fighting drone and battery charging by a bicycle

Fatima Saeed and Shamma Salem show their project of ‘Robotic Therapy for Kids with Austism’.

Abu Dhabi: Hundreds of innovators from across the country displayed their creative ideas and gadgets at the Innovator 2018 and Abu Dhabi Science Festival, which opened on Thursday in the capital. The events are part of the “UAE Innovation Month” which began on February 1.

Innovators showcased home-grown projects in categories of art and design, sustainability, life sciences, aerospace, automotive, mechanics, digital fabrication, robotics and electronics.

Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council, inaugurated Abu Dhabi initiatives for the UAE Innovation Month along with the Innovator 2018 and the Abu Dhabi Science Festival at the Abu Dhabi Corniche and interacted with a number of innovators. The science festival will continue until February 7.

Shaikh Sultan said, “the UAE Innovation Month has become one of the most important global initiatives supporting creativity and innovation, playing a key role in reinforcing the UAE’s position on the global map and its efforts in global indices, such as the Global Innovation Index.”

The event is being held in line with His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s directives to extend the Innovation Week to Innovation Month, translating the leadership’s vision to spread a culture of innovation and embed it into the fabric of businesses and lifestyle, with the participation of governmental authorities.

Gulf News interacted with innovators who showcased their ideas such as a robot doctor, grocery temperature monitor and a car battery charger.

Robot doctor

Shamma Salem, 20, from the UAE University demonstrated a tiny robot to help autistic children interact with doctors lovingly.

Generally children avoid showing their real actions, emotions in front of a doctor and avoid sharing details. But now doctors will be able to interact with children through a robot sitting in their cabin, while the child will be playing with the robot in another room.

“Here the doctor asks questions to the child which is transmitted to the children through the robot and the child thinks he talks to the robot. Doctor also sees the child through the camera and can feel by the sensors,” Salem said.

This robot imitates the doctor. If he walks the robot will walk, she said.

“We have created this robot to help children and children with autism freely talk to their doctors,” she said.

“We have experimented five children in collaboration with hospitals and the results were really outstanding,” Fatima Saeed, 21 from the same university said.

Grocery temperature monitor

Mohammad Al Daheri, 16, from Khalifa Bin Zayed School in Abu Dhabi created the “grocery store’s temperature monitoring gadget” and alerting to the concerned authorities and the outlet owner.

Most of grocery store owners turnoff power when they close their shops to save electricity but some edible foodstuff which are kept outside refrigerators tend to perish in summer as overheating change its nature which causes serious diseases like cancer, and consumers remain unaware, Al Daheri said.

“In summers, when temperature reaches up to 50 degrees Celsius and the temperature inside a closed shop also rises up and foodstuff begin to change its nature but this will alert the authorities and owners to take precautionary measures,” Al Daheri said.

Battery charger

Abdul Rahman Al Marzouqi, 17, from Applied Technology High School in Abu Dhabi, displayed a unique method of charging car batteries by cycling.

“We have created this at our school with a group of four students. It can charge up drained batteries, supply electricity in homes lighting up bulbs and propelling fans,” he said.

He connected a motor to the bicycle rim and a small energy converting machine, which helps charging car batteries.

The event, which is managed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), is expected to welcome thousands of students, visitors and innovators from across the country.


What: Abu Dhabi Science Festival

Where: Abu Dhabi Corniche

When: Till February 7,

4pm to 10pm, Sunday to Thursday

2pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday

Students: 9am to 1pm


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