30 Jun '16, 2am

Exoskeleton Could Quell the Tremors of Parkinson's Disease Patients at Crucial Moments

Exoskeleton Could Quell the Tremors of Parkinson's Disease Patients at Crucial Moments

Parkinson’s disease brings on the shakes, and these tremors often get worse as the disease progresses. To prevent this symptom from interfering with patients’ daily lives, researchers in London have devised a clever arm exoskeleton that recognizes actions that require fine motor control, like lifting a cup or pointing, and turns on to suppress the tremors at those crucial moments. It’s quite early days for this experimental device, which was discussed at the IEEE Body Sensor Network meeting earlier this month. But the researchers intend to develop their prototype to help patients with Parkinson’s , as well as people with essential tremor . The research team, from Benny Lo ’s lab at Imperial College London, made a lightweight exoskeleton that fits around the user’s arm (it weighs 350 grams, or less than 1 pound). Starting with a 3D-printed plastic frame, the researchers add...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/...

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