Left Menu
Development News Edition

Cost effective device developed to correct body posture by class 10 students

Devdiscourse News Desk | Gurugram | Updated: 14-02-2019 16:56 IST | Created: 14-02-2019 15:43 IST
Cost effective device developed to correct body posture by class 10 students
Image Credit: ANI

A team of Class 10 students here has developed a portable, cost-effective and user-friendly device driven by artificial intelligence (AI) that may help correct the posture of those suffering from 'text neck'. Excessive watching or texting on hand-held devices over a sustained period of time can result in a repeated stress injury and pain in the neck called 'text neck'.

The Posture Perfect Device developed by the students at Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram - Tanishka Sahay, Navya Sachdeva, Aryan Verma and Tejasv Rastogi - not only sends alerts for sitting in a wrong position but also notifies the number of times people sit in that posture. After an interval of 30 minutes, the user is notified about their correct and incorrect posture ratio through the push notification on their smartphones, Sahay told PTI.

Unlike the other alternative methods available in health stores, this device is affordable and easy to use, Sahay noted. Studies have indicated that an incorrect posture can lead to a host of ailments, including exacerbating arthritis, breathing difficulty, headaches, among others.

"The aim of our project was to create a portable, cost-effective and user-friendly device to correct posture. There are, at present, two categories of posture correction devices available in the market: braces for the back and furniture, such as sit-stand desks," said Sachdeva. "However, these devices are uncomfortable and have a high installation cost, which makes our device a much better alternative in the market," Sachdeva said.

"Secondly, ours is a system that can be scaled to show organisational statistics and can help an organisation trace and improve its health footprints which we felt is a burning need at this stage since one of the major challenge is that people do not consider posture to be a matter of concern," she said. The device consists of a mountable camera which captures the live video stream of body posture in the form of image frames, which is then processed by an AI computer system.

It identifies the essential body points like nose, neck, left and right shoulder and calculates the distance and angle between these points. The device constantly captures, calculates and stores this data for each frame and averages these values every 30 minutes to determine the correct/incorrect posture ratios to predict postural improvement for end users.

The students said they developed the device keeping in mind the employees of multinational companies who work for long hours in front of a laptop or a computer. However, they said they could reach out to a larger customer base with their device.

"As such, we customised our device in such a way that it could be used by anyone who is in need of posture correction be it a school student or people working from home or anyone sitting at a stretch for long hours," Verma said. He said the device, inclusive of all components, is expected to be priced at around Rs 3,500.

However, bulk orders from companies will bring down the cost significantly, making it an economical alternative to other posture correction devices already in the market. The students said they have been awarded the Junior Astitva Samman 2019 by the PhD Chambers of Commerce and Industry, which they will receive on Friday.

"Understanding the society we live in and developing the ability to understand its challenges and explore solutions has always been a focus area inside our classrooms," said Mark Nelson, Head IT Department, Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram. "It was energising to see the passion with which the students applied their tech learnings from classroom in this project," Nelson said.

At present, the students have developed two prototypes installed in the school lab and have used it to test many students and teachers. "This helped us to collect the most accurate possible data to show the functioning of our device. Post our board exams, we will take it forward and do the installation at corporate offices," Sachdeva said.

The students observed that though people are generally aware of the ill-effects of incorrect posture, only a few are willing to correct it or make a conscious effort towards correcting it in their daily routine. "We have seen our teachers; parents and peers suffer from backaches and stiff necks after long hours of work. This compelled us to identify the root cause of this very common problem, which is incorrect posture," Rastogi said.

"We came to the conclusion that while it is important to come up with more solutions for issues such as posture, it is equally important to make people aware of the depth of the issue and its potential risks on their health in the future," Rastogi added.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Rwanda’s COVID-19 response commendable but health information system needs improvement

Rwanda is consistently working to improve its health information system from many years. However, it is primarily dependent on the collection and reporting of health data on a monthly basis. Besides, evaluation studies on Rwandas HIS publis...

Videos

Latest News

Scores arrested in protest against Belarus' president

Hundreds of women calling for the authoritarian president to step down protested in Belarus capital on Saturday, continuing the large demonstrations that have rocked the country since early August. Police blocked off the center of Minsk and...

No requirement of scrip-wise reporting for short-term sale or purchase of listed shares

The Finance Ministry on Saturday said there is no requirement of scrip-wise reporting in the I-T returns form for day trading or short-term salepurchase of listed shares. Gains from share trading in case of stock traders or day traders is g...

My responsibility to bring BJP to power in Bengal: Mukul

Newly-appointed BJP national vice president Mukul Roy said on Saturday that he will try to do justice to the faith reposed on him by the partys top leadership ahead of the assembly elections in West Bengal that is likely in April-May next y...

Maintenance of vehicle documents, e-challans through IT portal from Oct 1

The government on Saturday said maintenance of vehicular documents, including driving licences and e-challans, will be done through an information technology portal from October 1, 2020. Vehicular documents found validated through electroni...

Give Feedback