- Use technologies to maintain and improve health via the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings.
- Health care contributes a significant part of a country’s economy.
- Health care promotes the general physical and mental health and well-being
- This includes professionals in medicine,psychology, physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry
- reduce manpower in hospitals.
- Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a long-term disorder of the central nervous system that affects the motor system.
- Early in the disease, the most obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking.
- People with violent tremors often won’t go out to restaurants, or dine with friends, because of their affliction. There’s a loss of independence and dignity because if they do, they’re spilling everywhere. People with tremors won’t go out because it’s embarrassing, and that leads to social isolation.
- New technology -Human-centric devices reduce manpower.
Analysis / Critiques or the case studies
- A Glove That Helps Parkinson’s Patients Do More With Their Hands
The GyroGlove controls essential hand tremors using the same technology that stabilizes the International Space Station.
- the GyroGlove, straps gyroscopic stabilizers on the back of a patient’s hand
- reduce hand tremors by up to 90%.
- It’s wearable health care device.
2. A Spoon Helps Parkinson’s Patients Feed Themselves
- Inside every Liftware handle is a number of common motion sensors, the type that you might find in your iPhone or digital camera. Each of these sensors measures motion, then passes it through a small microcontroller that uses custom algorithms to analyze the signal and identify the type of tremor being detected. If the motion has the frequency and amplitude of a large human tremor, the Liftware microprocessor will tell actuators in the handle to adjust the handle’s attachment in the opposite direction of the tremor, hopefully canceling it out.
- Need to recharge batteries. Not wearable, Only can use it when you are eating.
3. This “wearable robot” helps restore people’s hand functions.
- The next step / New Trends / Blue sky future
- From the case studies, people to manage their own health care more conveniently and independently (and inexpensively).
- Wearable health care devices, small, personalized devices.
- Assistive technologies are prosthetic devices (e.g. artificial arms or legs) or orthotic devices (e.g., leg braces, shoe inserts). Reduce manpower.
- Speech synthesis- visual impairments or reading disabilities to listen to written works on a home computer.