About the Project
Thieab’s “Tactile Communicating Bracelet,” or ‘Feelix,’ is well in tune with wearable technologies. The device communicates information to the user via electro-tactile pads on the user’s arm and is paired to a mobile phone. Thieab hopes to add an extra layer to the multimedia by adding a sense of touch to the experience. He envisions many applications for his project, including use in sports, medical, fitness, gaming, interpersonal communication, etc. As an open-platform device, the possibilities for Feelix are limitless - anyone with a good idea and programming skills can design software for it.
Beyond Stars of Science
After finishing in fourth place in SOS Season 6, Thieab Al Dossary has invested time, energy and money into developing Feelix into a viable product. He’s relentlessly raising funds and participating in innovation competitions to generate excitement about Feelix.
In 2016, Thieab successfully secured funding after winning the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy's (SC) flagship innovation award from Challenge 2022, an innovation and entrepreneurship contest held in Qatar. He obtained an issued patent for his design and innovation from the U.S. Patent office.
Thieab worked on building a small team of cofounders with whom the wearable device created on the program went through a number of redesigns and developments.
Having conducted some research and explored the possibilities the product can deliver, Thieab and the Feelix team have decided to focus their efforts on tailoring the Feelix Arm to the wearable fitness device market before extending it further to other markets.
“I have a new team working together to sync the device with real-time continuous glucose monitors (CGM) while collaborating with medical experts to add other potential health and well-being wearable monitors that can communicate information haptically with users be it for medical or fitness reasons.” Thieab shared with us.
With unyielding determination, the innovator has worked through the pandemic and having developed a new arm-based device, as well as a new prototype, he is now looking to secure funding for his invention to have it ready for the market by 2022.
"It's absolutely worthwhile. It's incredible. You get great funding as well as all the mentorship, which is difficult to put a price on. I had a coach in QSTP who has been extremely helpful and knowledgeable for the development of the project. The acceleration all that provides is invaluable."
Thieab in the media
Thieab Al Dossary a winner of Challenge 22:
Feelix featured in STEPfeed: