Smart inventions help special needs people


Published — Tuesday 4 February 2014

Last update 16 March 2014 2:17 pm

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Seventeen smart inventions aimed at helping people with special needs go about their daily chores are on display at an exhibition organized by the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) in cooperation with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity — Mawhiba and Isterlab.
Riyadh Deputy Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) and chairman of DCA.
Prince Turki was briefed on all the inventions including one which uses wireless technology to help people with special needs manage their daily life around the house.
Another invention helps translate sign language to vocals using a special vision technology and it is aimed to help the deaf and speechless in their banking transactions and daily life in general.
The exhibition also has another smart invention which is an integrated system mainly for the visually challenged. It has several features that help such people in their mobility. The invention is shaped like a human body, which when worn by a visually challenged person, will help him move around, and this is facilitated by a program installed in it.
The top three inventors were named at the end of the exhibition. Khaled bin Thaidan Al-Mutairi came first with his invention of a driving device. Two sisters, Luma and Lana Nabil Al-Ghazi, came second, and Oaise Abdulraheem Kansarah and Abdulaziz bin Talat Al-Lami came third with their invention on the device for the visually challenged.

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