Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

Four Tunisian engineers were able to design a wheelchair that uses advanced technologies that allow it to be controlled using brain waves, sound, and facial movements.

This innovation began as a study project at the University of Medical Sciences in Tunisia and succeeded in winning the admiration of the jury in a high-level European competition, and the team was crowned among the top three winners in the young inventors category.

The project was called “Muvuprin” and has been developed since 2017. It also led to the establishment of a startup called “Gewinner.”

Engineer Salima Bin Tamim explained that the motivation behind this innovation came from a personal need that she experienced, as her uncle was affected by an unfortunate accident that left him disabled and completely dependent on others.

The wheelchair is not just a means of transportation, but rather a multi-functional device that provides several solutions to its users, and can be controlled without the use of hands, which provides great independence for people with disabilities. Alerts can be obtained about the location of the chair, the battery charge level, and other useful information that enhances safety. And user comfort.

The team of young Tunisian female engineers, Khawla Ben Ahmed, Ghofran Ayari, Salima Ben Tamim, and Cyrine Ayari, was nominated for the Young Inventors Award in Malta, and the winners of the Young Inventors Award will be announced during a ceremony held in Malta on July 9, 2024.

The Young Inventors Awards in Malta are part of the European Inventor Award, established by the European Patent Office in 2021 to inspire the next generation of inventors. The competition targets innovators as young as 30 years old from all over the world.

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