Name : Kulsoom Rizavi, Tarun Anand, Sunvi Agarwal
District & State : Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Category : Engineering
Award : National
Award Function : 9th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2017
The three students have independently conceived the idea to have a chair with sensors at appropriate places, which will alert the user if s/he is sitting in a wrong posture.
Young Kulsoom thought that while it may not be possible to be reminded again and again by someone for not sitting properly, this task can be done by the chair itself. She likes gardening, arts and crafts, writing stories and poems. Infact she plans to get her own book published soon and grow up to become an entrepreneur selling hi-tech machines in an automated shop. She has an elder sister who loves her much and a younger sister whom she loves the most. Kulsoom is now studying in class eight and likes participating in many science and art contest.
Tarun wants to have such a chair to escape his mother’s scolding. He has an interest in electronics and likes to know about new and emerging technologies apart from playing cricket in his free time. Both of them conceived this idea after being regularly scolded by their mothers for using a bad posture while sitting. Tarun has been preparing for engineering entrance examinations after completing his class 12.
Sunvi felt the need for such a chair realising that she often reclined or assumed bad posture while watching television. She adds that when the viewer would bend forward or take ergonomically bad posture, the sensors will detect the motion and put the TV on standby. Hence until one sits properly, TV would not switch on. Sunvi loves to write- articles, stories and poems. She participates in debates, panel discussions, plays badminton and is now learning photography. She wants to take up such a job when she grows up which does not restrict her to a table and a chair; Indian armed services is one of her choices. Sunvi is presently pursuing Bachelor in Management Studies from St. Xavier College, Mumbai. She had submitted this idea for NIF’s IGNITE competition while she was in school and won an award as well along with the other two children.