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PD Stabilizing Tool Challenge

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Challenge Description

Background

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most-common neurodegenerative disorder. Epidemiologists estimate there were more than 3 million prevalent cases of PD in the G7 in 2015. PD is a chronic neurodegenerative multi-system condition involving cognition, the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract, sleep, pain, urinary and sexual dysfunction. PD is characterized by progressively worsening motor symptoms, including one or more of the following: slowness in initiating and executing movements (akinesia and bradykinesia, respectively), tremors, muscle rigidity, postural instability, freezing and gait dysfunction.

This challenge focuses on major symptoms associated with PD: tremor and akinesia. Tremor is an involuntary, rhythmic muscle contraction leading to shaking movements in one or more parts of the body, mainly in arms, head, vocal cords, torso, and legs. Akinesia is a general lack or slowness of voluntary movements and often associated with the rigidity or stiffness of the muscles.

Daily life activities such as feeding, writing, tooth brushing, buttoning/zipping and inserting a key to a lock become a huge challenge for PD patients. Standard tools such as spoons, knives, forks, pencils, toothbrush, and more as above, cannot be used properly, hence driving frustration and anger of patients.

Currently, there are specific feeding tools to assist PD patients (https://www.liftware.com) to overcome hand tremor while eating, and also a special pen (http://www.dopasolution.com) which is designed especially to PD patients. But there is no GENERAL tool/solution that can assist PD patients in stabilization to carry out various daily based activities.

The challenge

Design a GENERAL stabilizing tool, solution or device that can be attached to regular accessories such as: spoons, knives, forks, pens, toothbrushes, zippers, buttons and keys, and can assist patients with hand tremor to retain confidence and independence in their daily activities.

Deliverables

The desired solution should be as general as possible and support at least three activities (eating, writing, tooth brushing, buttoning/zipping, tying/untying laces or using  keys (DO NOT submit solutions that support only one or two activities).

Describe your product/solution and enclose sketches, drawings, charts, videos, graphs or any other visuals that demonstrate your solution

The description of the solution should include:

  • The technology, mode of operation
  • The maturity level of the solution and potential time to market
  • Costs/ prices (can be an estimated range)
  • Information about the company (+ website) & team

Key emphases

Better ranking will be given to multi-functional devices (supporting number of functional activities), small-size (device should be carried in hand bag), and  ease of attachment (be noted that the device should be self-operated by patients who express hand tremor)

 

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