We are working on two parallel paths right now.
The first path is to build 50 handheld pointing devices and distribute them to patients via physicians and physical therapists. We are engaged currently with Tufts Medical School to:
- Create a clinical trial protocol for providers and patients to test the device and provide formal feedback on the cueing pointer's efficacy for gait and FOG symptoms using a variety of projected patterns,
- Recruit patients to assist us with designing and refining a smarter device, and
- Encourage providers to use the device to both assist patients, but also as a diagnostic tool for a variety of motor problems.
The second path is to prototype the next generation smart system. This will be a wearable device with different configurations (both belt and shoe mount) that detects the patient's motion and predicts gait and cadence incidences to provide audio and visual cues to regain normal pace and overcome FOG.
We are currently working with a Northeastern University School of Engineering Capstone team to build an integrated prototype device in addition to developing the companion smartphone app and cloud service. We are seeking funding from foundations and the NIH to integrate the electronics and refine the software in preparation for a larger scale clinical trial with our academic partner, Tufts University Medical School. Assuming a successful second trial with the smart prototypes, we will begin the manufacturing design to create commercial versions.
As a small pro-bono team dedicated to sharing our designs, code and test results, we welcome providers and volunteers who share our goal of making a difference for Parkinson's patients!
WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED
- A foundational component design
- Initial relationships with PD providers, caregivers and patients to validate the ideas
- An initial hand-held pointer prototype used to test the utility
- Initial design of the smart device
- Early design prototypes for the companion application
- Partner relationships with Tufts for Clinical Trial/IRB services and Northeastern for early engineering