Bringing control back, one hand at a time
How bad is the problem?
In the United States alone, 2.2% of the population are estimated to suffer from essential tremor
The prevalence of essential tremor, the most common cause of hand tremor, is estimated to be around 4.1-39.2 individuals per 1000
What are the current 'cures'?
It doesn't exist!
There are 3 common treatments available:
A detailed look at the life of some patients
21 years old, a competitive Rubik's Cube solver
Kai Xiang started having tremors over 3 years ago, but the tremors were mild and often dismissed by him and subsequently by the doctors he visited. Only when his tremors worsen to the point where he could no longer hold a book on his left hand, he visited the doctor again and was referred to a specialist. By then, the only means of controlling the tremor is with a high dosage of propranolol, which resulted in him being very restless and irritable. He subsequently changed to pregabalin, which is a mild sedative. Even with subsidies, the medication costs him $18 a week.
As he solves the Rubik's Cube competitively and holds the current Guinness World Record for 'Fastest time to solve a Rubik's Cube whilst juggling', his hand are of the utmost importance to him. Developing hand tremor has dealt a tremendous blow to his career and his confidence. Due to his hand tremor, his left hand is no longer as agile as before and his speed has been affected. There is also a tendency for him to drop the Rubik's Cube due to his tremor, putting him at a disadvantage in competitions. He briefly considered retiring from the competitive scene after the development of hand tremor, but luckily, the encouragement from his friends kept him from giving up on his passion.
Additionally, being in SUTD means that there will be many hands-on projects which require fine motor work that he is unable to accomplish by himself. He often requires assistance from his friends to get such work done.
Who are we?
Here's the team behind the project
Kai Xiang is the inspiration for this project. He suffers from hand tremor that affected his ability to do fine motor work.
Kai Xiang is currently pursuing a dual degree in Engineering and Business Management at Singapore University of Technology and Design and Singapore Management University. His interest lies in using technology to solve everyday problem. He has a background in software and hardware programming as well as machine learning.
Besides his academic pursuit, he is a Guinness World Record holder for the fastest time to solve a Rubik's Cube whilst juggling. He is also a 4 time Singapore Rubik's Cube champion.
As someone who has had experience with biomedical research, Zheng Yi believes that technology can and should be used to make a difference in people's lives, especially for those that currently suffer from disabilities that limit the potential of their lives. In addition, his extensive travels around East Asia have also taught him that technology, while useful, cannot be wholly used as a solution to society's problems, which have to be addressed through social means and awareness raising.
Zheng Yi is currently pursuing a dual degree in Engineering and Management from the Singapore University of Technology and Design and from the Singapore Management University.
Grace has a heart for helping others to improve the quality of life. She aspires to contribute to bio-medical industry in terms of R&D to significantly improve public health.
Grace is currently pursuing a degree at Singapore University of Technology and Design. Her goal is to identify societal needs, explore and develop better ways to address the real-world issues