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Students Develop Glove-Shaped Wireless Remote Control

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Three computer systems engineering students at Birzeit University succeeded in connecting theory with practice, designing a glove-shaped wireless remote control that guides electronic devices using sensors that detect hand gestures as their graduation project.

Today wearable technology has become an integral part of life and human-machine interface is critical. Muhammad Daoud, Suhaib Tawafsha and Muhammad Atiyeh saw that they must find a natural, easy-to-use interface that works on gesture recognition technology.

“We believe that youth are the key to new innovation and the development of sustainable solutions in daily-life activities,” said Professor Ahmad Afaneh, the project’s supervisor and a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  “We seek to supplement their skills, ideas and their passion for change. We are committed to raising a generation of entrepreneurs through a potent environment, where every lesson learned is applied.” he added.

The students explain that the remote control allows the user to manipulate various devices using hand gestures, for easy, more natural and enjoyable movement of the hand and fingers at higher accuracy and less cost. The glove has a sensors that collects information, which is then sent via Bluetooth technology to devices that are also in the control circle. The data is analyzed through these gestures and ultimately provided to the user.

Daoud says that technology has become an essential element of our life. “Nowadays, wireless controllers are an emerging technology in the field of science, and will be of great use to society in the coming years. We’re hoping that this device can be used in applications such robotics and computers and maybe, if we can develop it, other essential sectors such as the medical industry.”

Professor Afaneh commended the efforts of the three students. “They had to do pretty much everything--from design, electrical circuits, and writing the program to operate the whole thing.” Afaneh assured. “These students were able to gain a solid foundation of microcontrollers,  a full understanding of programming languages and interfacing, and the skills to put these concepts and technologies into practice, and will eventually add something valuable to the technology industry, if they get the support needed.”

Student Tawafsha was grateful for the university’s backing. “Thanks to the wide space that Professor Afaneh has given us to create and innovate, we have been able to develop and head up a new innovation in Palestine. We gained an experience that we hope will make our futures brighter.”

Atiyeh agreed with his colleague Tawafsha and added, “Taking on this kind of responsibility, developing an innovation for our graduation project, has allowed us to be more confident about graduating and moving on to work as distinguished graduates from Birzeit University.”

These three young entrepreneurs were determined to transfer their knowledge into an innovation that allows individuals to take full advantage of the capabilities of their hands and makes using devices much easier. Birzeit University strives to give its students both the knowledge and the practical proficiency to be more innovative and to achieve the best for society.