Fawad Ejaz – 22, Usman Shabbir – 22, Usman Amjed – 21
Trequant started off as a young man’s struggle to find a solution to a problem that has gripped his family for generations. Fawad Ejaz belongs to a family with a history of Essential Tremors (ET). ET is a nerve disorder characterized by uncontrollable shaking, or tremors in different parts of the body: hands, arms, head, voice box, tongue. He would often take his uncles to doctors and would have to speak on their behalf. Since they had to change doctors a lot, every new doctor required the patients history from the beginning. Seeing the trouble his uncles had to go through dealing with ET, Fawad realized that this disease could one day effect him too.
He sat down with his brother, a Movement Disorder Specialist, to talk about a solution for Essential Tremors. Still in its raw form, but that is essentially when the idea of Trequant was formed. In their final year of Electrical Engineering at NUST, Fawad, together with Usman Shabbir, did their Final Year Project on a similar tremor detection idea. Their third co-founder, Usman Amjed, joined them after graduation.
The watch is not exactly a cure to ET, but more of a tool that can help the effected people be independent about it and take control of their disease. Designed as wristwatch, it fits seamlessly into the patient’s everyday life giving them the privacy that they need. It can be paired to a smartphone or laptop to save the tremor patterns detected by the watch which can then be stored on a cloud to be shown to doctors later. This in turn will lead to a better diagnosis and better-suited medication.
Trequant is a former Plan9 incubatee, they were the runners-up at FICS 2015, they were also selected for the i2i Challenge Cup’s Regional Finals in Dubai. The team has won numerous awards in their two years since they’ve been active, collecting an impressive Rs. 30 Million in total prize money. Two of the co-founders reperesented Trequant at Blackbox – a Silicon Valley based startup accelerator.
The team is currently in search of investors and after a successful Kickstarter campaign by Markhor, Trequant also plans to do one this year. This will be Pakistan’s first ever Kickstarter campaign for a wearable tech device.
The team has a lot of pressure on their shoulders currently. They have raised the hopes up of a huge audience and they want to deliver. Instead of hurrying into releasing an inferior product into the market, they are taking things slow and perfecting their design.
With their device, Trequant is aiming to change the lives of 220 Million people throughout the world effected by Essential Tremors.