Students of Aditya Birla World Academy develop an innovative smart wrist band ‘SAATHI’ for senior citizens

Aditya Birla World Academy

The objective of launching the watch is to motivate the elderly to stay active

The student’s white paper was published by International Journal of Software & Hardware Research in Engineering (IJSHRE)

Mumbai, 27 January 2022 – Students of one of the leading international schools in Mumbai, Aditya Birla World Academy robotics team called Binary Bolts have designed an innovative device ‘SAATHI’

Your Fitness Companion. SAATHI is a smart wrist band that has been developed with the objective of motivating the elderly citizens to prioritize their health. The idea was developed for the First Robotics Competition Qualcomm Innovation Challenge where these students won a semi-finalist award. The team took the idea further by developing prototypes of the watch and conducted efficacy research. The students wrote a white paper based on their invention and it was published in the International Journal of Software & Hardware Research in Engineering (IJSHRE). The students feel that it has become crucial for elderly citizens to take care of their physical and social wellbeing and the core aim of the project was to encourage the elderly to stay active with friends and family with the help of technology that offers simple and convenient use.

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According to the World Health Organization, back and neck discomfort, osteoarthritis (wearing down of joints), pulmonary disorders (affecting the lungs), diabetes, and depression are the most well- known ailments among elderly persons. Physical activities address nearly all of these ailments, ensuring that even the elderly can remain healthy and happy. Taking charge on supporting senior citizens to become more aware about their physical health, students Vibhav Singh, Aadit Shah, Rishne Jain, Neer Mehta & Ishaan Makharia initiated the project to help the elders make healthy decisions to boost their physical fitness and reduce their risk of illness.

The innovatively designed wrist band named SAATHI can be easily paired with a mobile app. SAATHI consists of two primary parts: a band that fits around the wrist like a watch and an app that connects with people who have similar fitness demands, activity types, and locations. Older adults can create goals and challenges for themselves, review the previous exercise, and make groups with friends as well as strangers with similar fitness interests. SAATHI provides individuals with complete control over their fitness in a hassle-free and convenient way as the interface of the smart wrist band and the mobile app is quite easy to use.

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Commenting on the device and its USPs, Vibhav Singh, Innovation Challenge team leader for BInary Bolts , a grade 11 IBDP student said, “Walking, which was the primary source of exercise for the elderly, was put on hold due to the pandemic. We recognised an opportunity to innovate, to address this challenge, and thought of SAATHI, which means companion in Hindi. We believe that by motivating people to stay active, we will be able to support the elderly to lead a healthy lifestyle which has become more crucial than ever. Hence, we focused on features such as recording of the

individual’s fitness activity, access to join small fitness groups, personalized fitness goals, etc. We are

optimistic that this project will revolutionise fitness levels of the senior citizens and significantly improve their physical and emotional health.”

Mrs. Neerja Birla, Founder & Chairperson, Aditya Birla Education Trust said, “I am incredibly proud of our students at Aditya Birla World Academy who devised this initiative to support the elderly population in taking care of their physical and mental wellbeing. This is a wonderful moment for us because it shows that the students are proactive in recognising problems at a young age and taking various steps to help the society at large. I am looking forward to witnessing great innovations from Binary Bolts.”

The students brought the device plan into a reality with the support of Reetu Jain, Vikramjeet Singh and Shekhar Jain from On My Own Technology Private Limited, Mumbai, India. In addition, ABWA FRC team, Binary Bolts had also conducted an outreach program Rocket Didi to encourage girl students to participate in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

About Aditya Birla World Academy

Backed by Aditya Birla Education Trust, Aditya Birla World Academy (ABWA) is India’s leading International School located in South Mumbai. ABWA strongly believes in holistic development of its students. ABWA strives to create a cohesive learning environment that is conducive to developing a child’s innate talents. In addition to focus on academic excellence, ABWA students are encouraged to think critically and question the world around them. Further, through a wide range of extra and co- curricular activities, ABWA aims to develop a child’s personality and stimulate him/her to be mindful, sensitive and responsible member of society. ABWA focuses on socio-emotional development of each and every child to ensure that he/she feels safe, supported and motivated.

About Aditya Birla Education Trust:

Aditya Birla Education Trust (ABET) is an organisation committed to the cause of education and mental health, with an objective to nurture young minds. Right from establishing the Aditya Birla World Academy, an International School with an Indian soul, to The Aditya Birla Integrated School, which acknowledges the need to cater to children with different learning needs, ABET has always prioritised the importance of a child’s overall development. Further under the aegis of ABET, the Aditya Birla Education Academy provides professional development opportunities for educators, and engages, empowers and equips them to contribute towards shaping the future of young minds. In an endeavour to stamp out stigma surrounding mental health concerns, ABET has established Mpower, a holistic mental health care initiative, which has become the pioneer of mental health awareness in the country. Ujaas is ABET’s new vertical, working on prioritizing menstrual health and hygiene management as the key focus area. Aditya Birla Education Trust runs under the zealous leadership of its passionate and committed Founder & Chairperson, Mrs. Neerja Birla.

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