This Device Will Let People Experience What It’s Like To Have Parkinson’s

This Device Will Let People Experience What It’s Like To Have Parkinson’s
Design

SymPulse gives people a chance to experience a patient's tremors

Jiwon Kim
  • 2 may 2017

Parkinson’s disease is a scary illness with no cure yet to be found. The disorder of the central nervous system affects the movements of 40 million Americans, making body parts move involuntarily. This disease is also difficult and frustrating for caregivers especially because it only gets worse with time. SymPulse is a device that was created by medical consulting firm Klick Labs to give anyone the opportunity to experience Parkinson’s disease. The point of SymPulse is to build greater empathy, which in turn leads to better care from medical professionals and loved ones.

A patient wears an armband that records his or her involuntary muscle contractions. The armband utilizes electromyography to record this data and then this data is transmitted via Bluetooth to a SymPulse armband. A person without Parkinson’s wearing this band will feel the pulses translated from the patient’s armband, which leads a person’s arms to spasm without any means of stopping it.

Yan Fossat, VP of Klick Labs explains, “We envision patients being able to transmit their tremors to physicians anywhere in the world to get more accurate diagnoses and better treatment.”

Although this device is not a cure for the disease, it creates better relationships and understanding between caregivers and patients. This leads to better care and a real human connection—powerful forms of medicine.

Klick Labs

Parkinson’s disease is a scary illness with no cure yet to be found. The disorder of the central nervous system affects the movements of 40 million Americans, making body parts move involuntarily. This disease is also difficult and frustrating for caregivers especially because it only gets worse with time. SymPulse is a device that was created by medical consulting firm Klick Labs to give anyone the opportunity to experience Parkinson’s disease. The point of SymPulse is to build greater empathy, which in turn leads to better care from medical professionals and loved ones.

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