Almost one in 10 people worldwide, suffer from lower back pain, and according to a new research, lower back pain accounts for a third of all work-related disability. Additionally, a study published in 2014 claimed that lower back pain causes more disability around the world than any other condition.
The truth is that modern lifestyle accompanied with its stress has made neck and back pain a very common ailment, and can affect the quality of our lives and make the performance of daily activities problematic.
Jai Vikram Singh Verma, a techie from Jaipur, was a workaholic who started experiencing acute lower back pain in 2015 and was forced to take four months off and attend regular yoga and physiotherapy sessions.
When he got better, he realised that an astounding number of youngsters in IT companies were suffering from lower back pain, he started to look for a technological solution to this problem.
This motivated the young techie from Jaipur to invent Spiqi—India’s first posture improvement wearable.
Picture for representation only. Source: Pennmedicine
Spiqi is a compact device made of a combination of plastic and rubber that can be fixed to the back of the neck, between the shoulders, using a sticker. It has an advanced sensor that vibrates every time the wearer slouches, reminding him/her to straighten up.
It also monitors the person’s back activity in real time, setting time-based posture goals and advising him/her to take regular breaks.
Verma claims his device uses AI to calibrate to the person’s back movements automatically and helps wearers to develop a habit of changing posture within a specified timeframe. It has to be charged electronically and runs for up to two-and-a-half days under normal temperature conditions. A mobile app to complement the device has also been developed, and it can be connected to it to track posture goals.
Verma’s innovation won the second prize at Huddle Kerala, a startup conclave organised by the state government along with the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IMAI). He walked away with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.
Speaking to The Indian Express, an ecstatic Verma said, “It has been a super difficult journey, but I never gave up. I am very, very happy right now.”