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Simple Gyro Glove to Help Parkinson Patient's With Hand Tremors

A 103-year-old lady in a London hospital was slowly wasting away. She was growing increasingly frail and losing a significant amount of weight.

Our founder, Faii Ong, a recent Medicine graduate, was a member of the team assigned to her care. Puzzled by the above, they wondered: was it a disease, something malignant, or an undiagnosed or unknown condition?

It became crystal clear when Faii decided to check in on her during his lunch hour. She had spent half an hour eating a single bowl of soup — except her hand tremors had sent everything down her front.

After cleaning her up, Faii asked the nurses what they were doing to treat her tremors. They replied, “Well, she’s a hundred and three, forgets you in five minutes, has those really bad shakes, and her medications have stopped working. There’s nothing we can do.”

Shocked at the inadequacy of available treatments, Faii resolved to develop one himself. Remembering the gyroscope toys of his childhood and their current applications in aviation and electronics, he realised the same technology could be used to stabilise the hands.

And, the GyroGlove was born.

How the GyroGlove Works:

GyroGlove’s design is simple. It uses a miniature, dynamically adjustable gyroscope, which sits on the back of the hand, within a plastic casing attached to the glove’s material.

When the device is switched on, the battery-powered gyroscope whirs to life. Its orientation is adjusted by a precession hinge and turntable, both controlled by a small circuit board, thereby pushing back against the wearer’s movements as the gyroscope tries to right itself.

Gyroscopes are spinning discs used in cutting-edge aerospace technology, but operate on the same principles as children’s toy tops. Conserving angular momentum to stay upright in any plane of motion, they are therefore able to counter any input of force in any direction swiftly and proportionately.

It is comprised of evaluated elastic bands, weights, fluid dampeners, springs, electromagnetic shock absorbers, hydraulics, electric nerve stimulation, soft robotics, and more. However, nothing even came close to the responsiveness, simplicity, and reliability of gyroscopes.
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