Engineering students invent device that detects pain


Neurobuds analyze the brain pattern to detect pain and send out an SOS eleminating the need to make calls physically during danger

Bengaluru- Nov 1, 2016. Rednewswire/-

After one of their friend was sexual harassed, four engineering students in India have come up with an invention that resolves the insecurity faced by Indian women. When their friend was being harassed, she was unable to pick up her phone and make a call for rescue. This unfortunate incident prompted the group to create a device which solves this serious problem our country faces.

The four students are Fausya Amalh, Nitin Vasanth, George Mathew and Athul B Raj. They have created an electroencephalogram, a earphone shaped device commonly called ECG. The device is called “Neurobuds” which is wearable and acts as a connector between a smartphone and a person’s brain. The device is able to detect pain by analyzing the user’s brain. Neurobuds sense the brain waves and send out an SOS eliminating the need to make calls manually.

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The device won the ‘Innovation to empower women’ award at Accenture Innovation Jockeys fifth season. “The device uses four electrodes that go inside both ears. It samples data and feeds it to the smartphone that runs an app we’ve developed. The app then processes the data with algorithms we wrote.” says Mathew. There is also a 10 second gap between the detection of panic and the sending out of alerts. This is because attackers mostly snatch the mobile phones.

The prototype for the device has been changed multiple times during one year. to “The biggest challenge was to stimulate panic. You can do it partially with virtual reality headsets or by getting people to jump. Still, it’s not real panic. We tested the device on a lot of people to drastically bring down the false positives,” says Mathew.

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The device also doubles up as a sleep detection tool for drivers or for monitoring mental status by detecting sleep.

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