Gyroscopic glove to help hand tremors
Hand tremors are a symptom affecting up to 200 million people globally, caused by conditions that include Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. Those afflicted can suffer a diminished quality of life and are often reliant on help from others to perform even simple tasks. Traditional treatments include medication and invasive surgery.
In a bid to improve the lives of millions, a group of Imperial College students have developed GyroGlove – a piece of social tech that holds promise of a medical breakthrough. Smaller than a usual glove, GyroGlove slips onto the back of a hand suffering tremors. The device is small and lightweight, with a minimal, unobtrusive profile. The diminutive size, however, betrays GyroGlove’s dexterity – in testing it has reduced tremors up to 80%, surpassing the 60% original goal.
The tech behind GyroGlove is a system of gyroscopes, well-known conservers of angular momentum akin to a table spinning-top. Engineered in close collaboration with sample end-users, GyroGlove slows down hand movements through counteraction, making it feel as though a hand is moving through treacle. This effect, however, effectively reduces shaking while making daily chores possible.
Entered into the first ever F Factor prize – a Simon Cowell and Founders Forum award for young entrepreneurs – GyroGlove won the £10,000 for the device’s elegance and simplicity, plus potential for real-world application and change. The team is also backed by industry-leading mentors and experts, all from specialities surrounding the project’s leading product.
GyroGlove is looking for more users to test the product – they’d love to have feedback throughout the design and engineering process. If you know somebody who suffers from hand tremors, do get in touch with the London-based team through the website.
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Last updated: 12th of October, 2015