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Omani inventors create remote foetus monitor

30 Nov 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – Two Omanis have created a device that can enable a doctor to check the heartbeat of a foetus sitting anywhere in the world.

Called Pulse, the innovative device was developed by Badr al Habsi and Nabris al Shukaili. They participated and won the third place and 100,000 QAR in Challenge and Innovation Forum (CIF) Qatar 2021 recently for the device.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Habsi said, “CIF Qatar is a one-of-its kind forum in the region. It includes a number of competitions with the aim of motivating and encouraging inventors from around the world.”

CIF Qatar 2021 had two main competitions – an exhibition for inventions and a hackathon. Inventors showcased their projects on the first two days, following which the participants were divided into groups and competed to develop their unique ideas from scratch within just 48 hours.

He described Pulse as “very small and can be carried easily by expectant mothers”.

“The device is supported by an app that can help a pregnant woman track her foetus’ heartbeat and temperature, which can be monitored by a doctor from anywhere in the world. We thought about designing this device because there are many women, especially in poor countries, who have no access to hospitals to get the required health checks during pregnancy. Many expectant mothers and their unborn children die for lack of proper monitoring of health.”

Habsi informed that the competition was very difficult as there were many contestants from different parts of the world.

Pulse was appreciated by many investors who welcomed the project and were ready to support it. “We are currently working on producing commercial quantities of the device and sell it in Oman and abroad,” Habsi said. Pulse will be prized around US$50.

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