1. Indian engineering students create panic-detecting earbuds; to help women in distress

Indian engineering students create panic-detecting earbuds; to help women in distress

NeuroBuds, a device which goes into your ear, can now save you from sexual harassment.

By: | Published: November 1, 2016 10:45 AM
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NeuroBuds, a device which goes into your ear, can now save you from sexual harassment. Four engineering students now have an answer to the women’s security issue in India. These students have come up with the idea and device after one of their friends almost faced sexual harassment. Their friend, the woman, was unable to make a call by taking out her phone when she was stuck in that situation. This became an incident which triggered the students into action as they tried to innovate something to help people in such situations. A year after that incident, now they have a working prototype. Acting as an interface between the smartphone and the brain, this device is like an electroencephalogram (EEG).

According to a report in Economic Times, the device analyses the patterns of data sent by brain waves, which trigger an SOS, which makes the need for manual calls and pressing buttons, redundant. At the fifth season of Accenture Innovation Jockeys, this device made by four engineering students won the ‘innovation to empower women’ award. George Mathew, Nitin Vasanth, Athul B Raj and Fausya Amalh are the four students who developed the device. Mathew is a computer science engineer from Bengaluru’s Atria Institute of Technology. Vasanth and Raj hail from the Cochin University of Science and Technology and Amalh belongs to Model Engineering College, from the same place.

Mathew told ET, “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.” The Centre for Neurosciences at the Indian Institute of Science is the place where the innovation took place, by using the latest technology like rapid prototyping boards, 3D printing, and carbon nanotubes.

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