Engineering Team Wins The Macquarie Startup Pitch Competition
Proposing In-suit (Intelligent Suit and Assistive Technology), a team from School of Engineering, under the supervision of A/Prof. Rein Vesilo, won the annual Startup Pitch Competition on Friday, 27 May 2017. The team was led by I Putu Edy Suardiyana Putra (HDR student, Dept. of Engineering) in collaboration with Roy B. V. B. Simorangkir (HDR student, Dept. of Engineering) and Williem (MBA student, Graduate School of Management). The event was run by the Macquarie University Entrepreneur Society (MQES) that is based in the Macquarie University Incubator. Four judges were each able to distribute a check for $2,500 of seed money to a team that impressed them the most during the competition. In the end, In-Suit team won $5,000 seed money as the judges' most favorite team, with their idea of a fall detection system for elderly which combines a state of the art of wearable sensor technology together with a sophisticated artificial intelligence.
The inspiration comes from the fact that most of the existing fall detection technologies utilize a "panic-button" which need to be pushed to call for a help. As the victims could be unconscious or unable to move after falling, these technologies become less effective. Moreover, the pendant-like shape devices that most of the existing systems utilize, are not only bulky, thus uncomfortable to wear, but also require user’s awareness to wear and get monitored. The latter could be a big issue for elderly as they are prone to forgetting to wear the pendant. Therefore, the team proposed a fall detection system embedded in cloth which is able to provide an accurate automatic response.
About In-Suit: https://youtu.be/9dmvFbTegrg