UAEU Vice Chancellor Commends Researchers Awarded Kuwait International Prize
Dr. Abdullah Al Khanbashi, Vice Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), commended the researchers from UAE universities for receiving the Kuwait International Prize for the best technical device serving the Holy Quran.
The Prize witnessed a global competition of 61 countries.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, honored Engineer Anas Youssef Boubas from UAEU, Faculty of Information Technology, and Dr. Awad Al Khalaf from the University of Sharjah, College of Sharia & Islamic Studies, for their invention: "Smart Quran Reader for Sight Impaired" awarding them the first prize at the International Kuwait Prize.
The ceremony was held in Al Bayan Palace in Kuwait in the presence of the Crown Prince of Kuwait and a number of ministers, ambassadors and members of the National Assembly of Kuwait.
UAEU Vice Chancellor, Dr. Abdullah Al Khanbashi, congratulated and received the researchers in Al Ain for their invention that converts the printed text to Braille codes using a smart scanner, automatically transforming the text or saving it in the device.
Engineer Anas Youssef Boubas indicates that the smart Quran reader for the sight-impaired is a device similar to the iPad in size and shape; however, it does not have a screen and it is replaced by Braille codes, which emboss automatically for reading the desired page. The back of the device scans the text and gives instructions to present Braille codes on the opposite side. The device is characterized by the ability of reading any stored text in its memory with no requirement to scan whenever the user needed. Moreover, it has an audio ability to speak out the written text.
Dr. Awad Al Khalaf said that the idea of the device came due to the reason that printing books using Braille codes encounters difficulties of expense and size. Therefore, those who are sight impaired face obstacles in reading due to the unavailability of books printed in Braille codes. Consequently, the idea of the smart reader appeared to enable the sight impaired to read any books printed in normal ink to be read in Braille language.
The device will reduce efforts and budgets of sight impaired associations; instead of the high expenses of printing hundreds of books in Braille and converting thousands of volumes into Braille text, only a smart reader is required to be able to read any traditionally printed book.
The two inventors registered their innovation in the US patent office.
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