Fanshawe collaborates on motion capture suit for Parkinson’s patients

Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology

Fanshawe College has collaborated with researchers at Movement Disorder Diagnostic Technologies Inc. (MDDT), a locally-based medical device company to create a prototype of a motion-capture suit and tremor arm sleeve to be used in the diagnosis and monitoring of Parkinson’s patients.

MDDT collaborated with Fanshawe’s School of Design to create a prototype suit that can be adapted for home assessment and mass production for commercialization. The suit has incorporated the software MDDT uses to capture data from sensors placed at fixed points across the body, and data obtained from the suit will be used in the ongoing monitoring and assessment of patients with Parkinson’s disease.

“The collaborative efforts between MDDT and Fanshawe College allowed us to address an unmet patient need in medicine,” says Jack Lee, chief technology officer at MDDT. “We are grateful for the design by recent Fanshawe graduate Louise Marchand, with guidance from Fanshawe design professors, which incorporates comfort and practicality into new medical technology.”

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