SERDANG, May 6 - Researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) successfully developed 3D model is almost entirely made of recyclable materials representing suburban areas in Malaysia.
Project leader, Assoc. Prof. Dr Syafinaz Amin Nordin from Department of Microbiology and Medical Parasitology,Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences UPM, said that the model consists of a village, recreational area and vector (animals) causing diseases. The integration between smartphone technology and the "augmented reality (AR)" application allows users to scan the various elements found in the model such as animals, homes and disease-causing sites.
“Before starting, users must download the required application to scan this 3D model. After scanning, all information about the disease in the form of digital narrative, animation, text, visual and audio will be displayed on the user's smartphone screen”, she said.
She asserted that, in recent years, there has been an increment in the spread of animal borne diseases, also known as zoonotic diseases in Malaysia. Hence, the concept of "One-Health" was introduced to explain the relationship of zoonotic diseases with humans and the environment.
“Due to this, various disease prevention strategies have been conducted primarily by public health staff to eradicate the spread of epidemics.”, she said.
According to her, this innovation was created to provide awareness on the transmission of zoonotic diseases among young leaners.