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September 28 2021 12:39 PM ˚

Anas Al-Kalash creates “Smart Bag” merging technology and education

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Circle of Life funded and provided all necessary means to achieve the project. (Photo: Handout from Tameem Alzyoud)
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AMMAN — Anas Al-Kalash, an electrical engineer, invented the first “Smart Bag”, which aims to merge education and technology to provide a unique gadget that assists students. اضافة اعلان

In an interview with Jordan News, Al-Kalash said, “I cooperated with my professor from the university, Engineer Anis Alnazir, and one of my colleagues Abdulrahman Al-Jarwan, where the idea was developed to create a smart and innovative bag that works as a laptop that is directed towards education.”

The bag’s goal is to create accessibility and ease for students following their lessons, teachers, and using educational platforms. In addition, the bag is charged using solar cells, eliminating the fear of losing electricity and promoting more steady and continuous education.



Circle of Life funded and provided all necessary means to achieve the project. (Photo: Handout from Tameem Alzyoud)

“My goal through the smart educational bag is to develop wearable electronic devices in addition to supporting children so that they can enter the educational platforms because they have been deprived of them. For example, in Yemen, 3 million students have been deprived of the educational process. Here in Jordan, in the northern and southern regions, the power outage causes students to be deprived of education,” he said.

He also emphasized the importance of adopting this technology and preparing for what he calls the “fourth industrial revolution.” He also stated that if we do not implement this idea, other nations will undoubtedly adopt it quickly and efficiently.

“One of my biggest goals is to keep students in constant contact with science and technology, as Arab students are intelligent and have abilities that can be developed if they are introduced to modern sciences and help them understand the fourth industrial revolution that the world is entering into. The technology applied to the bag is electronics, computer systems, in addition to solar cells, which was one of the most important developments in wearable devices,” he said.

When it came to the physical creation of the project, Kalash faced difficulties in obtaining the necessary parts to complete the first sample. So to finish the sample, he reached out to the organization Circle of Life. He pitched the project, and they studied it and determined that it could succeed, so they funded it fully and provided all necessary means to achieve the project.

“When I presented the project to Circle of Life, I met with many people, some of whom encouraged me to the idea and some of them did not, but the director of the company, Maha Darwish, was one of the supporters and urged the need to move to a new educational stage. As a result, the community accepted the idea and the project at around 80 percent, and the project will be used in the future because education will be integrated,” Kalash explained.

Education, advertisements, and fashion are the main focus of the project’s implementation. The user can, at any time, customize and put photos and videos they produce on this bag to reflect their personality.



“Smart Bag” by Anas Al-Kalash creates accessibility and ease for students following their lessons, teachers, and using educational platforms. (Photo: Handout from Tameem Alzyoud)

Kalash said that “Yes, the project was implemented on the ground and worked with full effectiveness. It was because of the creative work by Circle of Life under the supervision of Maha Darwish, who has my appreciation and respect. ... I see that this project will transform education through the use of technology, keeping pace with development, and solving problems related to electrical energy and education.”

According to research, this project is the first of its kind. Even though COVID-19 hindered the project in terms of finding suitable parts and producing the parts due to delays with shipping, the project was still able to succeed.

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