UAE operator shines the spotlight on 'Technology for Good' at GITEX 2017

Demos include ‘Drishti’ Smart glasses and world’s first braille smart watch for the blind
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‘Technology for good’ was a major focus at Etisalat this year during GITEX Technology Week focusing on transformative technologies that will enhance the lives of the differently-abled, specially designed to help them in their day to day activities, many of them showcased for the first time in the country.

Dr Ahmed Bin Ali, SVP, corporate communication, Etisalat Group said: “This year at GITEX Technology Week, these transformative technologies also aimed to showcase how it can change lives and spread happiness in all segments of society. At Etisalat, our efforts strive to work with Dubai’s Smart Office’s happiness meter in the country prioritising citizen’s happiness and satisfaction levels. ‘Technologies for Good’ was a major focus this year with technologies from across the world exhibited and highlighting how it can make a difference in the lives of the impaired.”

From the world’s first, mass-producible, micro-braille smart watch to a smart glass for the blind, these transformative technologies have the potential to make a major difference in the lives of the visually impaired and got a lot of attention from visitors at GITEX. The DOT Braille Smart Watch is lightweight and offers flexibility in manufacturing and design.

Technology for good.. @etisalat at @GITEXTechWeek
DOT Braille Smart Watch

— CommsMEA (@COMMSMEA) October 16, 2017


‘Drishti’ technology developed by Accenture through the smart glasses helps recognise objects and say what it sees through an audio to the person wearing the glass.

Technology for good- #DRISHTI- #AI for the visually impaired- @etisalat at @GITEXTechWeek 2017.

— CommsMEA (@COMMSMEA) October 16, 2017


Mind rockets, another assistive technology targets the hearing-impaired providing instant translation in different sign languages for multiple platforms such as websites, mobile apps, youtube videos etc.

Virtual bionics, another innovative technology supported by Accenture focused on patients having missing limbs taking them to a virtual world where they can see actual hands giving their physicians better opportunities to assess their situation for better therapy. This year, pediatric gait exoskeleton made a major impact where a complete artificial muscle placed in each joint provides the effects of their movements but also muscle effect facilitating the natural walking pattern.

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