Imperial College London
Claire is a smart lifestyle-based support to allow people to prevent and self-manage back pain, empowering and providing them with control over their own wellbeing. It achieves it with an AI-powered platform based on contactless monitoring of body activity and sitting posture and on real-time feedback.
There are more people sitting in front of their computers today than ever before. In the UK, almost half of employed adults are working from home because of the recent pandemic situation. This means that it is expected a surge in the number of people suffering from back pain due to long hours sitting at their desks and to incorrect posture. The current number is already staggering: 540 million people around the world suffer from lower back pain at any one time, making back pain the largest single-cause of disability world-wide.
The proposed smart system will use contactless monitoring with radar technology to track posture and body activity, with no need to wear any devices, while respecting the user’s privacy. Moreover, a real-time feedback will notify the user through an app when slouching on the seat or when they need to stand up straight and move/take a break. Finally, a personalised AI-powered assistant will interpret and learn over time from sitting and movement habits and tailor the advice accordingly.
By combining novel sensing technologies with an intelligent platform, we believe we can provide people suffering from back pain with smart tools helping them to prevent and self-manage their pain, nudging towards a healthier lifestyle.
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Focusing on novel solutions that address the Future of Pain our Challenge Accelerator Programme offers a salary replacement to take six-months (full-time) away from the lab to develop a medical technology into a business venture. The programme offers entrepreneurship masterclasses, specialist advice, access to co-working space and an allowance for travel and consumables (up to £45,000).Applications Closed