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Smart Prayer Mat and Assistive Braille Device awarded QF Funding

مؤسسة قطر: سجادة الصلاة الذكية ومنصة “بريل” تفوزان بمنح تمويلية

Gulf Times

Doha: The Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI), has awarded its Product Development Fund (PDF) to two Qatar-based start-up companies working on tech-based solutions that address market needs in two unique areas.

A braille entertainment platform being developed by the company Bonocle, and ‘Sajdah 1 Lite,’ a smart prayer rug developed by Thakaa Technologies, are now the recipients of

QSTP’s PDF grant. QSTP’s executive director, Yosouf Al Salehi, officially presented the PDF to Bonocle’s project manager Faraj Abdulla, and the founder and chief executive officer of Thakaa Technologies, Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis.

Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis

Aysha H al-Hamadi, director of Product Development and Grants Management Fund, QSTP, said: “Start-ups play a critical role in diversifying economies, and at QSTP, we are committed to fostering the growth of this economic element not just by providing technical and practical support but also funding assistance. With QSTP’s Product Development Fund, we help start-ups commercialise their innovative technologies and build a viable business.”

PDF is a grant that promotes innovation, development, and entrepreneurship in Qatar by aiding local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups to take their hi-tech products and services to market.

Beneficiaries of the PDF receive financial support equivalent to half of the total cost of their product proposal, up to QR1.2mn.
Utilising a specially designed device similar to a slightly oversized computer mouse, the Bonocle, named after the company, is a next

The Bonocle

generation assistive technology for people who are visually impaired Unlike others available solution, Bonocle provides broad access to digital content, something that visually impaired people have been waiting for. It allows people who have issues with their sight to read articles on their laptop, iPad, and iPhone via braille. It is believed there are around 250mn visually impaired people in the world, of which about 10% use braille for communication support.

“With Bonocle we are creating the first ever braille entertainment platform for visually impaired people, a platform with the goal of reducing the inequality in accessibility to digital content. We want to integrate the visually impaired community within our workplaces and classrooms, while having braille be a viable option for content consumption. Bonocle uses technology in both its hardware and software forms to create different applications within gaming, education, and productivity”, explained Faraj Abdulla.

Thakaa Technologies’ Sajdah 1 Lite is a smart educational prayer mat designed to help young Muslims and recent converts to Islam to correctly observe the standard practice for worship. More than 30 types of prayers are featured on the rug, with users able to read instructions and verses from the Holy Qur’an in Arabic and English.

Abdul Ali from the company said, “Our smart educational prayer rug strives to benefit all Muslims with their routine of prayers. It allows users to learn prayers, maintain proper praying postures, and memorise important surahs (chapters) and verses of the Qur’an. Furthermore, the rug utilises advanced technology to track the movements of the user, prompting them when to say the necessary prayers and the right posture to use.”

“As a start-up, we strive to build a strong focus on delivering superior quality and services to our clients. The launch of our Sajdah product lets us start setting the benchmark for high standard digital products. As our world continues to get smarter, so must our praying solutions. We are thrilled to lead in this regard,” Khamis said

Since its launch four years ago, QSTP has awarded PDF grants to over two dozen SMEs and start-ups engaged in developing new products or processes that fill gaps in the local market, particularly in the energy, environment, healthcare, and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors. Beneficiaries are selected by a team of experienced industry managers, based on a rigorous assessment of the fund applications, business viability of the project, and the applicants’ commitment.

Source: al-sharq

 الشرق

الدوحة: قدمت واحة قطر للعلوم والتكنولوجيا، عضو قطاع البحوث والتطوير والابتكار في مؤسسة قطر للتربية والعلوم وتنمية المجتمع، منحة صندوق تمويل تطوير المنتجات إلى شركتين ناشئتين في قطر، تعملان على تطوير حلول تكنولوجية تلبي احتياجات السوق في مجالين فريدين من نوعهما.

وقد حصلت كل من منصة “بريل” للترفيه، التي طورتها شركة بونوكل، وسجادة الصلاة الذكية “سجادة وان لايت”، التي طورتها ذكاء تكنولوجيز، على المنح المالية المرموقة من صندوق تمويل تطوير المنتجات التابع لواحة قطر للعلوم والتكنولوجيا. وقدّم السيد يوسف الصالحي، المدير التنفيذي لواحة قطر للعلوم والتكنولوجيا، رسميًا، المنحتين إلى كلّ من السيد فرج عبدالله، مدير مشروع بونوكل، والسيد عبدالرحمن صالح خميس، المؤسس والرئيس التنفيذي لذكاء تكنولوجيز.

وفي هذا الصدد، علّقت السيدة عائشة الحمادي، مدير تطوير المنتجات وصندوق إدارة المنح في واحة قطر للعلوم والتكنولوجيا، قائلة: “تؤدي الشركات الناشئة دورًا حيويًا في تنويع الاقتصاد، ونحن ملتزمون في واحة قطر بتبني نمو هذا المكوّن المهم في الاقتصاد ليس من خلال تقديم الدعم الفني والعملي فحسب، بل من خلال المساعدة في التمويل كذلك. ومن خلال صندوق تمويل تطوير المنتجات التابع للواحة، يُمكننا دعم الشركات الناشئة في تسويق تقنياتهم الابتكارية وبناء الأعمال الناجحة”.

المصدر: al-sharq

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