Grade 10 students develop AI device to help fix posture

A team of Class 10 students in Gurugram 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, Mavya 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, Tanishka told.

Unlike the other alternative methods available in health stores, this device is affordable and easy to use, Tanishka 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 Mavya Sachdeva.

"However, these devices are uncomfortable and have a high installation cost, which makes our device a much better alternative in the market," Mavya 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 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," Aryan 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.

(with news agency inputs)