Smart inventions help special needs people

Updated 16 March 2014
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Smart inventions help special needs people

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.


Saudi team develops payload for use in joint lunar exploration with Chinese Space Agency

Engineers and researchers at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology display the payload they have developed after months of painstaking research and testing. (SPA)
Updated 21 May 2018
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Saudi team develops payload for use in joint lunar exploration with Chinese Space Agency

  • The joint exploration is in line with a memorandum of understanding concluded between China and Saudi Arabia during King Salman's visit to Beijing in mid-March 2017,
  • Under the agreement, the Saudi side will build a payload for a space censoring system for use in filming and take photos of the moon.

JEDDAH: Saudi engineers and researchers have completed work on a payload for a Chinese space vehicle that will explore the moon, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.
The joint exploration is in line with a memorandum of understanding concluded between China and Saudi Arabia during King Salman's visit to Beijing in mid-March 2017, the SPA said, quoting Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, president of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).
The joint venture intends to study and explore the moon, "particularly the invisible side of it to provide scientific data for researchers and specialist in space research and science."
As agreed upon by the KACST and the Chinese Space Agency, the Saudi side will build a payload for a space sensory system for use in filming and take photos of the moon.
"The payload was readied in a record time of no more than 12 months during which the Saudi research team faced numerous challenges, most prominent of which was the importance of manufacturing a compact payload with a high capacity of less than 10.5 cu.cm and a weight of no more than 630 grams on the Chinese satellite," the KACST head said.
The payload consists of photographic and data processing units, among others, that is not only light in weight but also able to endure the space environment.
The equipment is capable of taking photos from different angles and altitudes that varies according to the lunar orbit changes, Prince Turki was quoted by the SPA as saying.
"Saudi Arabia's taking part in this great event would boost, no doubt, its efforts to develop its satellite technologies and use it in several fields of reconnaissance and distance censoring as well as space telecommunications, in addition to proceeding with the march of catching the world race in this field," he said.