Studio in Interactive Media, 2017

Fire alert

Sidra Zubairi

13 migrant workers died in a labor camp fire in 2016 while working on a waterfront tourism project in Southwestern in Qatar. Investigation is still being carried out to determine the cause of the fire. It is reported that there were no alarms to alert workers about the fire. This wearable device is constructed for the labor workers who work in such places where there is a danger of fire. The smoke sensor inside the 3D printed case that sits in the pocket detects smoke and informs the worker to evacuate from the place, a message is displayed on the LCD screen with a buzzer that beeps with the message flashing on the screen. The wearable backpack surface holds 12 solar panels to charge the device and make it run during the day time. The pocket at the back holds the battery along with the solar charge controller.


The Handy shed

Nourbano Al Hejazi

The Handy Shed was designed to help alleviate the hot weather conditions experienced by laborers and migrant workers in Qatar. It is a mini shed that is portable and adaptable to any chair. The shed cools down the sitter via two fans, as the proximity sensor detects the presence of a person sitting under the shed, it signals the fans to activate and blow cool air. The shed also comes with its own bag that can be carried and stored anywhere. The Handy Shed is steady, long lasting, easy to use, and reproducible.


Hazem Asif and Noora Melhim

Migrant workers in Qatar struggle to find proper shade shelters during their break time. The growing construction plan in Qatar excludes the consideration of providing them with sufficient shading. Mi-Bag is designed to provide the workers with appropriate shading, so that they can be more productive during their working hours under the intense summer heat. The bag comes with a portable bedding to sleep in and is equipped with solar panels, light sensor and Arduino technology that assist to power up the fan attached within the bag. 

Arabian Diabetics Kit

Norah Alshammari

The number of diabetic’s patients situated in the Middle East is quite large, and it includes Arabs who are still living in the desert. As a result, these patients might not have as much access to the recourses that are required for them to maintain their health. This project focuses primarily on the insulin injection used to control the blood sugar of diabetic patients. One of the side effects of diabetes is memory loss, and seeing as the insulin injection needs to be refrigerated in order to be used, the possibility of forgetting to refrigerate it is possible. This diabetics kit solves that problem by being solar panel charged. The temperature sensor is able to sense when the temperature is too hot and automatically turns on the fan in order to refrigerate the insulin injections.