Essential Tremor Suppression via Viscous Damping

This is a prototype of an essential tremor suppression device. I built it for a biomedical engineering design contest (which I won). Essential tremor is a neurological disease that causes uncontrollable shaking of the hands and arms. A surgical treatment does exist, but it involves implanting an electrode into the thalamus of the brain. Needless to say, not a surgery for everyone. For some, tremor is only temporary and they are not good candidates for the $25,000 operation.
This particular device uses dashpots to dampen out the high frequency tremor motion
(4 to 8 Hz) and allow the slower intended movements. Obviously this isn’t a complete solution since it only addresses tremor at the wrist. Check out the link to the presentation slides for more information.

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One Response to Essential Tremor Suppression via Viscous Damping

  1. Pippa says:

    Hey man, don’t knock it. Tremor suppression at the wrist would be better than nothing. Having Essential Tremor myself, I am significantly impressed. I wondered once if something like this would be possible, but since I lacked the skill to develop the idea. You clearly did not. If you ever want to improve on it and want a test subject, I am your girl. foxinafoxhole at gmail dot com