In the USA, there are about 60,000 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. This disease is a degenerative brain disease that decreases the control of one’s body functions over time. When this disease advances, the person finds it difficult to even do daily tasks like cooking, eating, bathing, dressing, and more. Even a simple task like holding a spoon without dropping it becomes a challenge.
Joon Faii Ong – A mission to help people with Parkinson’s Disease
Joon Faii Ong is the CEO and Founder of GyroGear, a leading name in wearable technology. He is the inventor of the now famous Gyro Glove, a wearable device designed like a glove to help people with hand tremors. Hand tremors refer to the hands’ involuntary shaking, and people with this condition are prone to drop or spill things.
People with Parkinson’s Disease also have hand tremors. They find it hard to do simple tasks with their hands. Though there are medications to help them, the results are not powerful enough to stop the hand tremors completely. They manage the symptoms and have a limited effect when it comes to improving the quality of life of patients.
Likewise, some technological breakthroughs have mechanically managed to tackle some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Ong says that it is important for patients to mechanically manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease as most elderly patients cannot manage them with the help of regular medicines.
How does the Gyro Glove function?
The flagship device of GyroGear, the GyroGlove, has a sensor that identifies the movement of the hands. Along with this sensor, it has a motor with gyroscopes that give rise to a counterbalance that stabilizes the hands’ involuntary shaking. With the combination of these two innovative technologies, the Gyro Glove has the ability to stabilize the hand of the user in real-time, allowing patients to regain control of their hands when it comes to doing daily chores.
The inspiration behind this unique invention dates back to several years ago when Dr. Ong was a medical student assigned to care for a 103-year-old woman patient who has severe shaking of the hands. The nurses caring for her did not know how to manage the condition as medications stopped working for her. This heartbreaking experience left a profound effect on Dr.Ong as he was young and really wanted to do something for her to improve her condition. This led him years later to actually do something for her and all the patients with hand tremors leading to the Gyro Glove’s birth.
Joon Faii Ong says that his job does not stop with just the Gyro Glove; he has a mission to develop his company Gyro Gear and make more innovative products for people suffering from various conditions to improve their quality of life. He is focused on technology to help them with his dedicated team of health care experts, engineers, and designers who share the same mission as him!