When he was a 24-year-old medical student living in London, Faii Ong was assigned to care for a 103-year-old patient who suffered from Parkinson’s. Witnessing her trying to eat, he was not satisfied that nothing could be done about the tremor in her hand.

He began to search for a solution that might offset the tremulous symptoms of Parkinson’s, not through drugs but physics.

Together with a number of other students from Imperial College London, Ong worked in the university’s prototyping laboratory to run numerous tests. An early prototype of a device, called GyroGlove, proved his instinct correct.

The Cure Parkinson’s Trust believes in innovation as this is the only way we will reach our goal of finding a cure for this crippling degenerative condition.  We believe in involving people living with Parkinson’s every step of the way.  We have been working with GyroGear for a number of years and have supported the company in its development of the innovative GyroGlove to combat tremor in Parkinson’s, by involving Parkinson’s advocates at the design and test phase.  We believe this innovation has the potential to revolutionise the ability to perform activities of daily living for people living with Parkinson’s and therefore dramatically impact quality of life.

Helen Matthews - Deputy CEO The Cure Parkinson's Trust

Patients report that wearing the GyroGlove, which Ong believes to be the first wearable treatment solution for hand tremors, is like plunging your hand into thick syrup, where movement is free but simultaneously slowed. In benchtop tests, the team found the glove reduces tremors by up to 90 percent.

Excerpts above were taken from the full article written by Simon Parkin in MIT Technology Review on January 14, 2016

If you are interested in helping test this product and live in London please contact Helen Matthews