Parkinson’s Fine Motor Skills Assist Device

Parkinson’s Fine Motor Skills Assist Device

Student(s):

Colleen Cole, Biomedical Engineering
Tory Grafe, Biomedical Engineering
Carmen Guzman, Electrical Engineering
Amanda Highlander, Biomedical Engineering
Amanda Townshend, Biomedical Engineering


Advisor(s):

Gary Bledsoe, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Kyle Mitchell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to tremors and   difficulty with coordinated movement. This proposal is for the development of a device that would assist people experiencing tremors with the fine motor skills required for actions such as eating, drinking, and writing. The device would be held in the hand and would have an adjustable clasp to hold things such as spoons, forks, cups, and pencils; it would neutralize the tremors emanating from the hand and allow the object to be held steadily enough for the person to write clearly and feed themselves.