A Pakistani team comprising of Hooriya Anam, Arsalan Javed, and Awais Shafique from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) won first place at the Stanford Center on Longevity and Design Challenge 2017. The team beat several other universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Virginia Tech, Cornell University, and Stanford University to take home the top award.
According to the competition’s official website, The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge offers cash prizes and free entrepreneur mentorship in a competition open to all university students around the world who want to design products and services which optimize long life. This year’s challenge focused on designs that improve the quality of life for aging individuals. The finalists got an all expenses paid trip to Stanford, where they presented their designs to renowned industry, academic, and government leaders.
Tame, the team from Pakistan, designed a wearable device for real-time pathological wrist tremor suppression that gives back control to tremor patients for doing daily tasks, explained the website. The device has a sensor near the wrist which tracks the wearer’s tremor profile and electrodes that stimulate the muscles to counteract the tremor and suppress it. The electrodes and sensors in the device correspond to positions recommended by physiotherapists and neurologists and has two variants: a sleeve and a wearable device with retractable wires.
Team Rendever of MIT placed second in the competition for their virtual reality (VR) platform. Rendever’s VR project enables older adults to visit their childhood homes, connect with family and friends and travel the world. Team Uppo of Virginia Tech came in third place for their rollator walker which has a high arm rest that maintains the user’s sense of security without compromising posture.
The winners received $17,000 in cash prizes during the competition which was held on March 30th, 2017.