About the solution
Almost one in 10 people worldwide suffer from lower back pain and it has now been established that lower back pain accounts for a third of all work-related disabilities.
Vikram started suffering from lower back pain in 2015 and after a forced four months brake from work he decided to do something.
“My body just gave up. I began experiencing severe upper back pain because my muscles had swollen up. I couldn’t type on the keyboard because I felt pain in my shoulders. It was unbearable,” said Vikram.
Vikram created Spiqi, 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 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.
Spiqi 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.
Spiqi won the the second prize at Huddle Kerala, a startup conclave organised by the state government along with the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IMAI).
"One of the challenges I faced making Spiqi was the support for low volume prototype manufacturing. Finding mentorship to take this to a new level was another challenge", Vikram said.
More info: https://spiqi.com/
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