Nilai, May 13, 2017 – Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) once again repeated its success in the Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition 2017 (ITEX 2017) where it successfully brought home 6 gold medals and 3 silver medals with the participation of a group of 9 academic staff for the presentation of 9 products.
A game with the theme of Zakat, named “Global Zakat Game” (GZG), which was among the gold medal winners, is a board game that aims to improve the understanding of people, especially students and workers of Zakat, concerning Zakat, and to strengthen the skills of Zakat calculation. GZG provides users with a comprehensive understanding of Zakat through different stages of IQ questions and methods of calculating Zakat that covers all types of Zakat, such as the Zakat of income, business, farming, agriculture, gold, and treasures. GZG is also universal , as it is produced in different languages, including Malay, English, and Arabic. The introduction of GZG version 2.0 is an extension of earlier versions that went through a number of improvements, which was complemented with an android application. This innovation was led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azman Ab Rahman, a lecturer from the Faculty of Sharia and Law (FSU).
Dr. Noor Saazai Binti Mat Saad, a lecturer at the Faculty of Major Languages Studies (FPBU), intoduced “E-PRASMO: An Online Tool Supervision” promotes an effective way of supervising as it is cost-effective, stress-free and flexible and it embraces the cutting-edge technology and the practicality in the assessment of teaching practicum in the 21st century by simultaneously upholding the two main tenets in teaching practicum – support and feedback. The conflation of the characteristics promotes high commercial values to the invention as it can be highly commercialised to be utilised in any kind of practicum aspect in a programme that calls for supervision.
Mrs. Syahidawati Shahwan from the Faculty of Muamalat Economics (FEM) introduced a game with the concept of board games called “Muamalat Interactive Game (Community Edition)” that is similar to Saidina or Monopoly, where players can experience the buying and selling that are involved in Islamic banking and finance, investment, and social financial instruments.
Dr. Nor Azlina Bt Ismail, a lecturer at the Faculty of Dentistry (FPg) introduced HYDROSHOOTER to reduce the dental fear towards local anaesthetic needle, and also to protect from needle stick injuries, which reduced 83.7% of patients concern levels towards needles.
Haji Norakyairee Bin Mohd. Raus, a lecturer from the Faculty of Quran and Sunnah (FPQS) has developed the product “I-SIGN QURANIS”; an interactive software for deaf people to teach them the basics of learning the Quran and ibadah. It helps the deaf people of the Muslim community to understand the basic elements of Islam. The main objective of developing this product was to meet the spiritual needs of the deaf people of the Muslim community based on their skills, strengths, and learning differences. The course consists of two segments, the first segment has information about selected Quran chapters and the foundations of ibadah (wudu’ and prayers) with the new method of transliteration, Malaysian sign language (BIM), and interpretation and translation videos of the Quran for the deaf.
Mr. Hamadallah Bin Mohammad Salleh, a lecturer from the Faculty of Major Language Studies (FPBU) created the game HAMOODY FLASH CARD, which was designed as a tool to improve the language proficiency of non-native students of Arabic, and especially for those who are not in Arabic-speaking environments. This game of a flash card concept is closely related to the daily activities of the students.
The products that won silver medals are “LIFTHOR” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hanim Rafidah Binti Mokhtar from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), “NAQLI AQLI INTEGRATED SEMANTIC SEARCH ENGINE” by Prof. Dr. Norita Binti Md Norwawi from the Islamic Sciences Institute (ISI), and “MIZAN SOLARHOME” by Ar. Dr. Elina Binti Mohd Husin a lecturer from the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FKAB).
In her speech, Prof. Dr. Roshada Hashim, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research & Innovation, expressed her pleasure because these innovative products were not just limited to the Science, Technology, and Medicine research group, but it was more impressive to received research participations based on Social Sciences, such as Faculty of Quran and Sunnah and the Faculty of Major Language Studies.
“This year, the selection process started early, so we had time to refine and work with researchers to ensure their success. Regardless of the collaboration with PIJIM, these products will be placed in USIM’s Innovation Data Bank to showcase and promote them to potential parties,” explained Prof. Roshada.
She also hoped that the researchers will continue to work with the university to commercialize these products in the international market.
ITEX 2017 was held for 3 days from 11 to 13 May 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC), which gathered more than 1,000 researchers from research universities, research centers, inside and outside of the country, primary and secondary schools, and from the private sector from 22 countries, including China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iraq, and Vietnam. In addition, the Malaysian Young Inventors Exhibition (MYIE) became an attraction as a platform for 152 young local researchers to showcase their research products.
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