The wearable devices supporting Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s can be a debilitating condition, but there are a number of fascinating mobile and wearable devices aiming to improve matters for patients.

For instance, a mobile app called CloudUPDRS has been developed to allow mobile phone users to use the sensors in their phone to test for Parkinson’s.

The app hopes to mimic the tasks undertaken by the clinician.  The first version therefore took roughly the same length of time as a normal consultation.

“The reason it takes so long is because it’s hard to make sure that you get enough good data to make the tests reliable. So you have to overcompensate by performing each test for longer than necessary,” the team say.

A project from Imperial College London is attempting to help those already diagnosed with the condition via a glove that takes lessons from gyroscopes.  The device, which the team have called GyroGlove, attempts to reduce the hand tremors that make life so challenging for those with the disease.

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