Lifespark Technologies creates solutions for care in chronic neurological conditions such as Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Spinal cord injury and more. We are based at the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, India. Our solutions are designed for individuals, caregivers and the entire family; because these conditions don't just affect the lives of individuals.
Our core philosophy is built upon the principles of communication and giving back to society. We strive to ensure optimal feedback and communication in our solutions as well as in our interactions with the community. We have a deep commitment to doing our part to improve the quality of life and health of the community in general. We aim to do so through better therapies, building better connections between communities and making scalable, accessible and economical solutions for all.
Our solutions span the domains of AI/ML, medical devices, mobile applications and web applications. Lifespark aims to create the basic intelligence that will one day solve health issues at the earliest stage before they have damaging results. Your regular clothes will have integrated Lifespark solutions that will tell you the moment you are exposed to any environmental stimulus that is unsuitable for you personally even if it does not affect others. One day, a 60-year-old will look like today's 30-year-old.
The team at Lifespark is driven by one goal: To create things that re-enable those affected today, and keep their own future selves healthy.
Lifespark is incubated with IIT Bombay and is the recipient of several prestigious national awards such as the National Bio-Entrepreneurship Competition, Prosus SICA award and DST-BIRAC awards. We're among the top health-tech startups in the country and count many prominent business leaders and academics as our mentors. We have deployed our solutions in partnership with some of the largest healthcare organizations in India and are looking to establish ourselves as the go-to innovator globally
What is WALK?WALK is a wearble mobility aid for those with gait difficulties due to Parkinson's Disease. It reduces the chance of falling and improves movement while walking.
What does WALK look like?WALK is a fabric band that is worn on the lower thigh. It wraps around the leg and is held in place by hook and loop fastners (also sometimes known as Velcro). WALK may be worn on the thigh under regular attire, or over trousers as well. The band is sleek and will not show on the outside.
Who can use WALK?WALK was primarily designed for individuals with Parkinson's Disease having gait difficulties such as freezing of gait, bradykinesia. There is evidence that similar therapy may be useful in many other neurological conditions. The scientific principle behind WALK, sensory cuing, is applicable to everyone. Even healthy elders can benefit from using WALK.
How does WALK work? What is the science behind it?WALK uses the scientific principle of sensory cueing. 'Cueing' is the process of giving regular rhythmic stimulus. For example, the beat of a song or the 'left-right-left' call in a march are cues. In Parkinson's Disease, gait is affected and symptoms such as slow movement (bradykinesia), no movement (akinesia) and freezing of gait cause unsteadiness and may lead to falls. Individuals who initiate their movements based on cues are able to better overcome these symptoms. Sensory cueing is scientifically proven and rigourously tested over the past two decades. WALK cues the user through gentle vibrations, to which they align their footsteps. As seen in our demo videos, this significantly reduces freezing and improves gait. Optionally, users may also use wireless earphones for auditory cueing.
Is WALK visible or audible from the outside?No. WALK is designed to be discreet. Only the wearer will perceive the cueing. You can safely wear WALK indoors or outdoors without worrying about disturbance or attracting undue attention.
How much does WALK cost?WALK is scheduled for launch in March 2023. The pricing will be available soon
Who should be cautious when using WALK?Individuals with multiple co-mobidities that make them prone to excessive falls should only use WALK under supervision and after consulting their physician.
Do I need a prescription to use WALK?Yes. You need to consult your physician before buying WALK.
Where can I purchase WALK?WALK is scheduled for release in March 2023. You may place a free pre-order here.