Bhubaneswar: A students’ team mentored by Aurobinda Routray from Odisha, a professor at IIT-Kharagpur, developed a sleep assistant that uses a wireless device to remotely monitor sleep patterns won the grand prize at the first “Accenture Innovation Challenge” in Bengaluru.
The challenge, aimed to inspire innovation among college students in the country, saw participation of 13000 students from 900 top and medium ranking colleges and submitted 7000 innovation ideas.
Routray, a professor of Electrical Engineering Department at the premier institution, along with his associate Laxmi Kant Tiwari and other students, had developed ‘SleepDoc’ — a wireless sleep assistant that uses a wireless device to remotely monitor sleep patterns and an intelligent voice-interactive system to suggest changes to the user.
Speaking to Odisha Sun Times, Routray said: “The live data monitoring system tracks the user’s heart and breathing rate and alerts the nearest doctor automatically in case of discrepancies in the parameters.”
Talking about the benefits of the technology, the Cuttack-born researcher claimed: “The Device will help cure people with sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep paralysis and other sleep-related disorders. Take for example the case of sleep apnea, more than 80-90 percent of severe sleep apnea cases remain undiagnosed to date, which only increases the burden on the average Life expectancy of the population. Present day, all health monitoring devices solely focus on exercise and diet of a person, not on how one can get quality sleep and its importance.”
Further explaining about the usability of the product, he said: “Nowadays sleep is one of the most important topic which everybody wants to know. We all know how important sleep is but don’t take it seriously. Almost 30 to 50% of us are suffering from some type of sleep disorder and most of us don’t know which make it worst. Moreover, sleep is related to the psychological state of mind and happiness of the person i.e. if you are not happy you cannot get good sleep. Even excessive sleep is also a sign of depression. Smart Sleep Sense is such a device which would automatically analyze your sleep. We have tried to make it simple but elegant.”
Dr. Milind Pande, project director of the MIT Group of Institutions in Pune and one of the jury members for the challenge, said, “Only I can imagine that how great Dr. Aurobinda Routray is. He must have invested a lot of time to guide you guys to make this product. Thanks to Dr. Aurobinda and IIT Kharagpur for innovating a much-needed product and really we missed you there on the stage!”
Routray was not present at the finale held in Bengaluru on Monday.
He said it took his team for around 4 years to completely develop the product under his company mBreath.
The product, priced at 199 USD, is currently available only for international buyers through pre-booking. “We are planning to launch it for domestic market in next two months bringing down the price to half,” he added.
The students from various disciplines like engineering, design, commerce and business management also showcased innovative usage of technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, the blockchain, cloud, mobility and analytics.
The winners were chosen from the 12 teams that were selected to participate in the Grand Finale round.
The 12 teams presented their work to a jury that consisted of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, academics and industry leaders. In addition to the grand prize, awards were also given in five other categories: Disruptive Businesses, Tech for Good, Jury’s Choice, Most Popular Team, and Employees’ Choice.