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3D printed ring to monitor Parkinson's disease tremors

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-05-17 19:44

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Utkarsh was motivated to create this device after seeing a video of Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic torch at the Atlanta Olympic games, in 1996, despite his suffering of Parkinsons disease.

OneRing uses intelligent machine learning technology to monitor and measure tremors and Parkinson’s patients’ movements to help doctors and patients better understand their condition and determine what medications should be taken when to relieve symptoms efficiently. The device integrates a Bluetooth microship that connects to the phone via a mobile app. Utkarsh created an algorithm that lets the technology sense and classify body tremors and input the data into a detailed daily report.

The invention divides the tremors into three separate categories: dyskinesia, bradykinesia, and tremor. “With these classifications it can be packaged in these very coherent patient reports that the physicians and the patients can read and interact with in a way that better recommends medication,” the student observed.

The device is easy to use. The user just was to wear it throughout the day, and turn on the app. Then the reports are compiled and of easy access.

The student started the project in 2014, when he was in high school, for his science fair project. He got the first prize and received a grant from the UCLA Brain Research Institute. This allowed the inventor to keep working and improving his innovation. Later on he launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to start production of the monitoring ring and distribute it to Parkinson’s clinics.

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2kQEeNL

More info: http://oneringforpd.com/

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Utkarsh Tandon, born in USA, was a student who created OneRing, a 3D printed ring to monitor Parkinson’s disease tremors and then translates them into data to an iOS app.

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