Engineer Ali Abd al-Karim Ahmed, working in the Communications and Information Technology Division at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, obtained a patent issued by the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control of the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, entitled: (Design and manufacture of an interactive smart system that works with voice prompts attached to a medical bed).
The owner of the innovation, implemented in cooperation with the University of Karbala, told Al-Kafeel Network, “The idea of this innovation was born as a result of an urgent need experienced by our country, Iraq, as it represents a design for an electronic system that works with voice commands, attached to an electric medical bed that was developed to be smart and interactive.”
He added, "This invention provides a smart service, which contributes to the ease of providing services to the patient, especially the disabled and subject to cases of amputation or paralysis. Through this bed and the smart system, the patient can control moving the bed in different positions (raising and lowering the back and lower extremities, as well as turning the sleeper to the right or left, turning the bed into a carriage and returning it to a bed), all via voice commands only without any other effort.”
Noting that "each of the movements is carried out with one voice command, and it is possible to stop the movement in any position that is comfortable for the patient, and these commands are implemented without any perceptible delay."
He explained, "The bed was also connected to a special application on the mobile device, through which the patient can request a service from the health care provider. The application receives the patient's request and repeats it with a voice notification according to the patient's request. The system can also be managed manually through the control buttons."
Abdul Karim stressed that "one of the services provided by the bed is that it reduces contact with the patient, and as a result reduces infection due to contact with the injured, and the manufactured device is also characterized by ease of use, light weight and low consumption of electrical energy."
He concluded, "A set of microcontrollers and sensors were used in the project, and they were programmed and added to the basic bed control system, and it was implemented in cooperation with a group of professors at Karbala University / College of Engineering / Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering."