Faculty Advisor

Hall, John R

Faculty Advisor

Planchard, David Clifton

Abstract

The goal of this project was to create a device to reduce the magnitude of hand tremors in individuals with Parkinson’s disease or Essential Tremor. We focused primarily on tremors that caused the hand to rotate about a central oscillator parallel to the forearm. We utilized the physical properties of a spinning gyroscope to act as the stabilization mechanism and dampen the tremor effects experienced by the individual. Our final prototype uses a small electric motor to spin a gyroscope on a swinging cradle. This allows the gyroscope to naturally precess due to an input torque and generate a counter torque along the axis of the hand’s rotation. To monitor the device, we incorporated an RPM sensor in conjunction with an Arduino to receive sensory information about the gyroscope.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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