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Qualis Labs a research and development start up has won this year’s chapter of JKUAT Tech Expo. Their project dubbed Qualis Vision seeks to give a wearable aid to visually impaired by harnessing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a locally designed application program interface (API).

Qualis Vision wearable aid for the visually impaired.

Qualis Vision received the judges approval coupled with emerging the most preferred innovation by netizens in a poll conducted on Twitter by the organisers to win the 10th edition of the expo. They got to walk away with KSh 100,000.

The Qualis Lab team attributes their win to the time they took plus the myriads of painstaking adjustments they made on their project. Speaking about the win, Felix Wanyoike Gateru a member of Qualis team was elated that the team’s effort and 6 months worth of work paid off.

Qualis Lab team receive a dummy cheque from Professor Mary Abukutsa JKUAT Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Production and Extension.

“This win was unexpected for us especially looking at the 17 projects fielded by other participants. We really put in the work and we are grateful for the overwhelming support from the school and the JKUAT Tech Expo organizers for the exposure and most importantly the win,” he said.

About Qualis Labs

Qualis Lab is a research and development start up made up of five third year Mechatronic Engineering students; Smith Jiliks, Felix Gateru, Sammy Oina, Washington Kamadi and Rodney Osodo. This team of techies is looking at improving the autonomous aspect of technologies by heavily harnessing AI. Their love to learn, a burning interest in tech and a yearning to impact positively on the world is what brought the team together.

The team has been show casing their project Qualis Vision in a number of major tech competitions like the Hatch Hack where they managed 2nd runners up position. This according to them is what kept them going making improvements and adjustments on their product. The project was inspired by Washington’s cousin who could not learn to used braille after she developed visual impairment in primary school. Learn more about their story in the video below.

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