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Smart Solar Umbrella for Hajj Pilgrims

“And proclaim that the people shall observe Hajj pilgrimage. They will come to you walking or riding on various exhausted (means of transportation). They will come from the farthest locations.” (Surat Al-Haj 22:27).

Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage and an obligatory religious rituals event for Muslims. It should be carried out by adult Muslims at least once in their lifetime provided they are financially and physically fit.

Every year, millions of Muslims perform Hajj. But despite all provided facilities and marks, sometimes people lose track of their companions in the massive crowd.

In light of that, a Saudi-Palestinian firm has invented a solar-powered umbrella to assist Hajj pilgrims during the days of religious activity, as reported by MoreNews.pk.

The multi-propose smart umbrella comes with a small fan, flashlight, and Global Positioning System (GPS). This solar umbrella is specially designed for the pilgrims. The built-in navigation system in this device quickly shows the location of the user.

The umbrella’s solar panels absorb solar energy and transform it into electrical energy, which is stored in the handle to generate power to explore the other umbrella’s distinguish features.

There are actually three buttons in the handle of the umbrella. The blue button which is placed at the center of the handle is for the fan, while the yellow button is for the flashlight. And finally, the black button which is placed at the top is for the GPS. The GPS system was created to help pilgrims locate each other in case a person loses track of another.

The parasol also contains three USB ports. The notion of the ports it to charge mobile phones as well as other electronic gadgets.

The Palestinian student and the Saudi-based scientist who invented this smart umbrella are now looking for investors for their product to start mass production.

Similarly, a Pakistan Hajj Volunteer Group (PHVG) and the India Fraternity Forum developed an app called Mina Locator that automatically locates the tents of the pilgrims.


References:

– Reuters News Video Online / Powered by NewsLook.com.

– For Muslim pilgrims, solar-powered umbrella offers cool respite. ScienceDaily. 15 August 2016.

– Saudi-Palestinian firm invents solar-powered umbrella for Muslims performing Hajj. Pakwired.com. 17 August 2016.