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Omani Woman Invents Smart Bracelet to Measure Muscle Effort

Omani Woman Invents Smart Bracelet to Measure Muscle Effort

Tuesday, 5 April, 2022 - 05:00
A man trains in a gym on the first day of the reopening of gyms after a countrywide lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Lisbon, Portugal, April 5, 2021. (REUTERS Photo)

Omani Khawla Bint Ali Al Amriya has invented a smart bracelet that measures muscular effort, as an alternative to the currently used conventional medical devices, reported the German News Agency.

“The new device is equipped with two piezo sensors that operate once the neck muscles move, emitting different forms of vibration when the user eats, drinks, and talks. The device, which tells the user the quantity of water he consumes, is also embedded with an EMG sensor that measures the neural signals sent to muscles to provide readings of muscular activity and effort,” Al Amriya explained.

“The sensors connect to smartphones (Android or Windows) via Bluetooth or USB, and analyze the muscles’ activity using a special algorithm,” she added.

The idea behind this innovation stemmed since the Scientific Research Council announced the Falling Walls Lab competition. I am interested in scientific research and development, and I have explored some ideas that could help me advance in the field of digital innovation,” Khawla Bint Ali Al Amriya said.

Some hospitals use a wired device to measure muscle effort, and then analyze the results using a computer. Khawla’s idea was to replace this device with a bracelet embedded with the same sensors, but in a futuristic way.

The new device is designed to measure muscle effort and predict the approximate amount of consumed water and food.

The Omani innovator hopes the smart bracelet becomes available for gym goers interested in strength training, medical research, physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Speaking of the challenges she faced while developing her device, she said, “I faced some difficulty in understanding the work of sensors and data analysis. The lack of support affected my work as well.”

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