UAE Robotics & AI Prize: 20 semi-finalists


    In the framework of  the UAE international prize in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence  (The UAE Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Good Award), 20 semi-finalists were announced. The winner will receive a grant of $ 1 million.

    Among the semi-finalists are representatives of various fields: from devices for implantation into the human body to large robots that can work in the disaster area.


    1. Budget exoskeleton for children with neurological pathology

    The UCB & SuitX team has developed an affordable exoskeleton for children suffering from neurological disorders that limit their mobility. Such an exoskeleton helps to improve children's mobility without having to visit rehabilitation centers.



    2. KATIA manipulator

    Carbon Robotics has developed an easy-to-use KATIA robotic arm that can be used for industrial purposes, and its price does not exceed the cost of a laptop. KATIA can be installed on electronic wheelchairs and serve as a kind of prosthesis, helping a person interact with surrounding objects.
    KATIA is capable of lifting objects from the floor, helping to comb your hair and perform a number of tasks.



    3. Mars Lab program

    The purpose of this program is to attract students, mainly senior classes, to the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program is a semblance of a mission: with the help of a robot, students must explore the planet for evidence of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations. The program is very realistic and allows users to get an extraordinary experience.



    4. Robot Mozo

    This is a learning teddy bear robot designed for children with autism spectrum disorders. It is designed to break the barriers of restrictions and help children who have difficulty communicating.



    5. HERMES

    HERMES is a humanoid robot created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that can move around a space that is potentially dangerous to humans (for example, at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant).
    “Recently, we developed and successfully tested a robotic system, which also has a system for generating multispectral 3D images, which can successfully distinguish between types of tissues and organs; she is able to work with any tools and perform human actions. The robot is equipped with a remote control system. Thanks to this, he completely repeats the movements of the one who controls him, and is able to perform both heavy physical actions and delicate operations using various tools, ”says Peter Kim, one of the developers of HERMES.




    6. R-LAD

    Andros Robotics has created a robot that helps patients undergo rehabilitation to restore their walking ability. The robotic movement device is equipped with the latest control algorithm for synchronizing the movements of the robot and the patient.



    7. Dytective

    A program for determining dyslexia in children through play.
    Children play the game for 15 minutes, and a program with a built-in machine learning model recognizes patterns of behavior and determines the presence of dyslexia in them, analyzing how they play (mouse movement, time frames, etc.).



    8. Braille Writing Tutor (BWT) - a device for teaching Braille printing

    This is a robot that helps in learning to read and write in Braille.
    The user writes on an electronic device using a stylus, and BWT instantly plays audio, voicing the written letter, number or word. It also corrects errors and helps to master spelling. Audio sound helps the teacher in real time to monitor the digestibility of certain lessons.



    9. Wheelchair with BCI Technology

    A brain-controlled wheelchair using non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. This technology allows you to establish a direct connection between the brain and the computer to control development.

    BCI technology is based on electroencephalography and can be used to determine the thoughts, feelings and emotions of the user and, accordingly, transmit information to the control panel of the electronic wheelchair.



    10. CVD Helper

    This is a device that helps people with a lack of color vision. “We have developed a device similar to a bracelet, which with a light touch will determine the color and voice it. It also has a voice control function and can be used individually with wireless headphones. ”



    11. The Eye of the Choir

    The Eye of Horus is an open access platform for controlling any device with a glance. Development can greatly facilitate the process of interaction between people with disabilities and the world around them. The system tracks the gaze and direction of the front camera on the device itself, determining which object you are looking at. The device to which the user's gaze is directed is also determined using a light beacon (a similar action with LiFi technology) and is controlled using wireless protocols.



    12. Smart well

    The goal of using the Intelligent Well is to rethink how we create, maintain, and use wells using an artificial intelligence system. If you give a well the opportunity to feel, speak and think, this will give us the opportunity to evaluate the state of water in it in real time. Intelligent Well informs the user about the water level and helps wisely use such a valuable resource.



    13. The manipulator of surgical instruments

    The authors of the project proposed a new, compact, robotic device with the function of remote control of surgical instruments. The tool itself is securely fixed at a given point. In addition, this manipulator can be used with specialized instruments for invasive therapy.



    14. Moley Robotic Kitchen

    This is the first robot chef in the world . It is a complete integrated kitchen for installation in ordinary homes. Cooking skills are not inferior to human chefs.

    Such a robotic kitchen functions thanks to two mechanized arms. The development of this complex took 8 years. Now these "hands" are used in NASA laboratories. They are able to accurately reproduce human actions and make it possible to cook everything that a professional chef can do.



    15. Haptic robotic system

    It was developed to help patients suffering from neurological disorders. She, for example, will facilitate therapy to restore motor function after a stroke. The developers believe that traditional rehabilitation methods need large and massive robots that can cover a limb that has lost mobility and cause its movement. “Our idea is to create a small light and affordable robot, for the use of which there will be no need to use an exoskeleton,” the developers say.



    16. Self-propelled wheelchair

    With the help of a small device that is mounted on a wheelchair, connected to the electronic wheelchair control system and power supply, users will be able to move around the house and street autonomously, bypassing all obstacles. The system creates a map of the territory on which the wheelchair will move, and paves the necessary route. Additionally, depending on the physical needs of the user, it is possible to add various functions, such as voice control, visualization of the map on the screen, etc.



    17. Acquisition of skills

    The development team of this system is looking for a way to obtain muscle samples of professional athletes using biosignals, and then use them to teach other people a specific skill. Thus, the duration of the learning process and the acquisition of various skills is reduced.



    18. Smart system for the blind

    The aim of this project is to develop an inexpensive and effective wearable device that will help blind people navigate in space, avoid obstacles and collisions with objects, determine their position and without difficulty move to the right place. The system uses Microsoft Kinect technology to obtain graphical environmental data.



    19. Spherical endoscopic capsule

    Such a spherical endoscopic capsule will help relieve and reduce pain during the treatment of colorectal cancer. Its smooth rotating spherical surface reduces irritating factors and provides painless gliding. It is made of non-toxic materials, there is also a battery and antenna with the necessary frequency range for medical purposes.



    20. Robotic system for autonomous enteroenterostomy

    Omniboros has recently developed and tested a robotic system for autonomous enteroenterostomy. Testing was carried out on pigs. The development team took up this task, since only in the United States do more than a million such operations.


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