Azerbaijani "NoObs' team wins Imagine Cup

The project called 'Spinal' aims at helping people to control their posture, preventing consequences of wrong spinal position

Baku. 31 July. REPORT.AZ/ Azerbaijani "NoObs' team wins 2015 Imagine Cup Prize in the U.S., submitting the project "Spinal" application, Report informs referring to the information given by the Ministry of Communication and High Technologies.  

The project called 'Spinal' aims at helping people to control their posture, preventing consequences of wrong spinal position while they are sitting,walking,working etc. It helps develop a habit of correcting back position by using special sensors and phone (Windows Phone 8).

In today’s tech-powered world, it’s not uncommon for people to spend hours bent over their laptops or smartphones. Exacerbating the problem is that Europeans are spending more time than ever sitting at desks for our day jobs, making it easy to develop bad habits like slouching. It’s up to each of us to find effective ways to maintain a healthy position for our back and shoulder during the day.

Designed to help avoid the development of symptoms associated with incorrect spinal position, the team’s project, ‘Spinal’, uses smartphone technology to help users manage their posture. Deploying special sensors via wearable technology, reports can be accessed through an app that provides feedback on posture whether sitting, walking or working. This clever approach can also provide real-time alerts when a user slips into an unsafe position, delivering instructions on how to correct their posture.

The main goal of the team is to prove that technology can help people improve the quality of their lives. 

NoObs team consists of 4 people: Movsumzade Arif - Developer, Ismaylov Nizami - Developer, Rustamova Fidan - Designer/Manager, Rustamova Ulviya - Developer. 

The team, made up of four engineering and computer science students, was inspired to take on this issue during a discussion at university – looking around the lecture theatre they noticed that almost everyone was slouching in one way or another. Keen to work on projects that would positively impact the quality of peoples’ lives, and realising how widespread this problem really is, they were determined to find a solution rooted in technology.

By enhancing awareness and increasing the control that people have over this issue, NoObs hopes to help prevent posture-related problems worldwide.

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