Fikret Alić, PhD won a Gold Medal for Inventing Eyeglasses for COVID-19 Prevention

Rector's Office
Tuzla, 28 October 2020


Fikret Alić, PhD won a Gold Medal for Inventing Eyeglasses for COVID-19 Prevention

Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Tuzla has won a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions - ARCA 2020 in Zagreb



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Professor Alić won a gold medal for temperature monitoring filter eyeglasses at the International Exhibition of Inventions - ARCA 2020 in Zagreb. For the same invention, Professor Alić also won a bronze medal at the contest Inventions vs. Corona.

There is no more fogging on the eyeglasses

This is an innovation of specially designed eyeglasses that completely cover the nose and at the same time measure a person's temperature in both temples.
On the one hand, a use of these glasses aims to protect a person in a restaurant or a medical examination, on a plane, and various life events when breathing through mouth is not necessary. While on the other hand, diagnosing a person with a high temperature is easier, this prevents the wider contact of the infected person and the transmission of the virus.
Eyeglasses are designed to protect eyes as well, and its surface cannot fog, while a pleasant micro-climate is provided around the nose. Professor Alić's invention is in the process of patent registration at the State Intellectual Property Office of BH, and it is in a state of normal protection procedure, primarily at the national level. Three companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina have already shown interest in producing these glasses.

Two years ago, Alić has invented the so-called Nano Ferromagnetic Fluid Filter and won eight gold medals in just a few months

-In BH, there are specialized companies for the manufacture of all components and installation of these filter eyeglasses. Components such as temperature sensors can be ordered, while microcontrollers and other built-in components can be manufactured in BH. We are in contact with potential manufactures, so there is an interest and it should converge towards commercialization in the coming period, Alić added.
This successful innovator has dozens of innovations that are bringing radical innovations in the fields where those innovations can apply. Lately, Professor Alić has been trying to find investors through direct contact with companies outside BH, to offer innovative solutions, which are compatible with their production program, and as he told us, he will present his best innovations next year.


Temperature monitoring filter eyeglasses



Ten years ago, Professor Alić also offered a solution to reduce polluted air through the innovation of SUS Engine Eco-Filter System. For this award he received the recognition of the Patent Office of South Korea, a special recognition of the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development in Poland and the Grand Prix in Moscow.
The lack of interest in research work in BH further increases these successes, but there is still a bitter feeling that a state institution does not invest more in this field.

Innovation is not a cost

- Investing in science is negligible and nothing can be achieved with small amount of money. An annual critical amount is necessary, which is a minimum of three percentage of GDP, without which we cannot develop, and that is just like the law on energy conservation. Professor Alić said that we have a distorted perception about people who decide on these strategic issues and who consider investing in science, innovation and transfer of new technologies a cost, not an imperative that ensures prosperity and cessation of economic migration of young people.



Testing innovations in the field of fluids



- Despite everything, Alić believes in students, whose will for research work is increasing more and more.
-In recent years, I have been recognizing students with more interests in doing their active inclusion, as far as their student obligations allow them. Faculties should establish systematic monitoring of advanced students from the second year, include them in various activities, and increase their mobility inside and outside BH, says Professor Alić.



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