Season 11 Innovators
A true science enthusiast – Layth’s passion for technology and electronics started at a young age. As a little boy, he used to buy electronic toys just so he could disassemble them and discover how they worked.
He channeled this love in ways that went beyond his education. While he was studying for a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology, he simultaneously acted as a Google Student Ambassador, acting as a liaison between the company and his fellow students. The Jordanian engineer was especially intrigued by the concept of the internet of things (IoT), which connects physical objects to other devices or systems through wireless networks and the Internet to make them more user-friendly.
For the past five years, Layth has worked at the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center as a Senior IoT Systems Engineer, searching for innovative ways to connect hardware through new methods of collecting and analyzing data. He dreams of building smart cities, much like the futuristic Msheirib Downtown development in Doha, Qatar, that feature a universally accessible ecosystem that increases the quality of life of its residents.
His Stars of Science journey started way before 2021. Working at Qatar Science & Technology Park – the home of Stars of Science – he has been watching participants from past seasons achieve their innovation dreams. Now, he has a chance to realize his own.
About the Project
Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, Layth started thinking about one of the smallest yet most essential pieces of our wardrobe - the mask. The Jordanian observed that a mask’s effectiveness at preventing the spread of the coronavirus was highly dependent on how the user wore it and the amount of time it was used. He found that the principle of IoT – the communication between objects and sensors as well as the realtime analysis of data- could be applied to help correct improper mask usage.
Layth’s invention, the Smart Reusable Medical Mask Kit, consists of a mask clip and a sterilization box. The clip is a small device that is attached to one’s mask and rests on the neck to alleviate pain from wearing the cover on the ears for long periods. The smart clip maintains a connection to a phone application, which would track the precise position and tightness of the mask to the user’s face, and record the amount of time the mask has been used for.
It would then automatically send alerts through the phone application if the mask is worn incorrectly. In addition, it sends a message when the mask has been used for an extended period of time and is in need of a proper cleaning.
Enter the sterilization box! The box disinfects all parts of the mask using ultraviolet lights. This helps reduce the increased mask pollution that is happening currently around the world.
Believing that science and technology are the keys to real change and betterment in people’s lives, Layth hopes he can feel the satisfaction of seeing his innovation being used and protecting people’s health.
“The pandemic gave us a small glimpse into the struggle of people who are forced to use masks prior to COVID-19 for decades, as it has been used by millions of people with impaired immunity and those with respiratory problems, at which face masks are their daily protection companion. Thus, alleviating their suffering even for a tiny bit is enough motivation for me,” he said.
The Smart Reusable Medical Mask Kit could help communities better ensure that they remain protected from the COVID-19 pandemic, as it could potentially help its users make more effective use of their masks through easy-to-follow alerts directly from their phone.
The environment would also benefit massively from Layth’s invention. Disposable masks have significantly added to the amount of plastic waste generated around the world, and the Smart Reusable Medical Mask Kit would remove a significant amount of garbage from the world’s ecosystems without compromising the health of its communities.