Engineer from Heriot-Watt University Dubai Innovates Smart Wristband for Babies


Female Engineer from Heriot-Watt University Dubai Develops Smart Baby Wristband

Dr. Rula Sharqi, a female engineer from Heriot-Watt University Dubai, has developed a groundbreaking smart baby wristband that could potentially save lives. The wristband, believed to be the world’s first of its kind, is capable of monitoring a child’s vital signs round-the-clock and sending text alerts to parents or emergency services in extreme cases.

Dr. Sharqi, who spent three sleepless nights caring for her unwell son, was inspired to create a device that could help parents monitor their child’s health more effectively, especially during the night when fevers tend to worsen. The smart wristband uses advanced nanosensors to track body temperature, oxygen levels, and pulse rate, providing accurate readings that can be sent directly to caregivers or medical professionals.

The device is designed to be easy to use, with a rubber material similar to an Apple watch for comfortable wear. It is wireless and rechargeable, lasting up to six months between charges. When vital signs go beyond safe limits, parents receive immediate alerts via email or text through a dedicated app. Additionally, alerts can be sent to a family doctor to ensure prompt medical attention if necessary.

Dr. Sharqi’s passion for innovation and dedication to child safety have led her to offer the technology for free to a company that can bring it to market. Heriot-Watt University Dubai is proud to support her efforts in creating a potentially life-saving device for parents and caregivers around the world.

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