Diseases, which affect children at birth, are usually caused by premature birth, complications during birth or due to complications during the development of the fetus. These diseases include behavioral, neural and physical disorders. Some of the prominent disorders include Sensory Dysfunction Disorder (SDD), Stereotypic Movement Disorder (SMD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Muscle Atrophy/Local Atrophy, Tongue Neuropathy, Squint (strabismus), Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and Dysarthria. Cerebral palsy alone affects nearly 500,000 children in the US and 318,392 people in Pakistan while squint affects 4,389,604 people in Pakistan. There are 2 Billion people with cognitive disorders and 20 million in Pakistan alone. 12% of global deaths are due to such disorders. There is no specific treatment for these disorders and those which exist have their own side effects.
Our product "EKKO-A Wave Therapeutic Device" proposes a new solution for cognitive rehabilitation using vibration waves. EKKO is a portable device which uses vibration waves to treat neurological disorders based on Neurotransmission Cognitive Theory Vibration waves have been found to be effective in the fast recovery of muscles because of their resonance with the natural frequencies of the muscle fibers and are already used in the medical industry. Our product uses vibration waves for cognitive rehabilitation based on neurotransmission cognitive theory. The proposed product includes vibration wave therapy device and an intelligent assistant software with cloud services. This product can be used at home by parents of special children and also at special education centers for rehabilitation of special children. Two major modules are
• Therapy Device: This is based on neurotransmission cognitive theory. It is portable and is capable of producing vibration waves of different frequencies. Based on the type and nature of disability, the time of application, triggering points and frequency for each point are set. The device has two modes of operations i.e. manual and using intelligent software application
• Intelligent software application: The second module of our product is application which is based in artificial intelligence. This module is at the very core of the working of the entire system and this will be totally based on research work. It consists of gathering data from multiple sources and using that to build a knowledge base on top of which there is decision support system which enables self-rehab for the patients. The individual components of the module are Survey / Documents, Key Words, Clinical Results, Patient and Doctor Feedback, Knowledge Base, Decision Support System and Trend Analysis
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I am Usman Khalid. Currently a student of Computer Engineering at NUST and trying my best to become an entrepreneur. I won’t say that being entrepreneur was my dream when I was a child but it is now. I belong to home of engineers and from very beginning there are some things which have become a part of my life. Like, thinking how to solve a problem, or thinking how to prevent it. This is what an engineer should be able to do. That is why I joined NUST. I am group lead and alongwith me I have Rufaida Kashif and Yaqoob Jamal. Our Mentors includes
Dr. Muhammad Usman Akram, Co Founder RISETech, is young researcher and have a number of national and international awards
Dr. Sajid Gul Khawaja, Co Founder, RISETech, is specialists in embedded systems
Mr. Ali Saeed, CEO RISETech, has more than 7 years of industry experience and his company is helping us in marketing this product.