TechConnect Innovation Program

Exoskeleton for Essential Tremor and Parkinson's Disease

Northern Illinois University, Illinois, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

According to the present disclosure, systems, components and methods are provided for helping patients afflicted with Essential Tremor (ET) or Parkinson’s Disease (PD) by moderating the patients’ involuntary movements (such as vibration, shaking, or tremors) of the hand, wrist, and/or arm using active vibration control principles.

Primary Application Area: Medical Devices

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 6

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: This technology is noninvasive, inexpensive, and is portable. While there may be other products similar to this one, none provide all the components that this exoskeleton provides.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 707

Website: www.niu.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: NSF grant application is currently pending a decision.

Primary Sources of Funding: University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners