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This boy’s bionic arm is ‘Best Innovative Project’
BY A STAFF REPORTER November 20, 2016
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SHARJAH: A bionic arm, designed and 3D printed by 14-year-old Rishabh Java, a student from Gems Millennium School, Sharjah walked away with the honours of the region’s first Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad organised by the Gems Wellington Academy in Dubai Silicon Oasis by Atlab.

Java’s project was selected on Saturday as the “Best Innovative Project” of the year. The winner will get a chance to visit the Bett Show in the UK in 2017.

More than 75 teams from numerous schools across the GCC participated in the competition, aimed at inspiring young entrepreneurs by fuelling their innovation and creativity through 3D printing. The winning teams selected from four different categories were awarded with 3D printers and cash prizes of Dhs10,000 (first) and Dhs5,000 (second) and Dhs3,000 (third).

Abdul Salam, Head of Dubai Municipality Accelerator and Head of Processes and Systems section, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad Inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision of innovation, was based on the theme, “Design Your First Consumer Product.” Participants were asked to design and 3D print an innovative product, preferably something that could help people in their everyday lives.

The winning creation by Java is a low-cost, mind-controlled, functional 3D-printed bionic forearm which the users can control with their mind.

The bionic arm was built using Electroencephalography (EEG) – an electrophysiological monitoring method to record electrical activity of the brain – and can perform simple tasks such as shake hands and pick up objects among others. This is a great replacement for patients with disabled hands. They can get their sense of touch back by replacing their functionless forearm with the bionic arm, which can interface with the nervous system.

Another interesting design that was showcased is a Fumes Dissipater created by Rishi Bhatnagar of DPS Sharjah. Among the other innovative designs included a sensor-enabled plastic waste collector by Uhoud Khalid Al Jarman and solar-powered flashlight by nine-year-old Jassim Mohammad Al Marzooqi of Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Giftedness and Creativity.

“The Gulf 3D printing Olympiad – the first such event in the region – is aimed at creating young engineers. We are highly pleased by the number of teams that participated in the competition and the products that were designed as part of the contest,” explains S Senthil Kugan, Director, Atlab.

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