Samsung Solve For Tomorrow and Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award
Shaky — A device to transform the lives of Parkinson’s Disease patients
Parkinson’s disease affects more than 1% of the global population after the age of 65 years old and there are more than 10 million people living with the disease. Doctors have to perform physical tests and rely on journaling to monitor medication effectiveness. This method of keeping track of a patient’s symptoms is highly subjective and time-consuming.
Shaky is a tool for data collection while preventing spillages. Through detection, measurement, and quantitative analysis. We can detect the progress and effectiveness of medication and thereby allowing doctors to schedule very targeted check-ups for patients. We want to integrate Shaky into a smart wearable ecosystem. For example, Shaky can interact with a smartwatch for connectivity and perform ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) of data collected.
The real obstacle was finding out how to extract and understand the data collected. While also coming up with the algorithm and talking to users to understand really what they need. We managed to come up with a design that was user-oriented.
Through our ideation process, we had to dig deep and go back to our roots to come up with a unique and impactful solution to a problem that matters to us personally. We realized that even as students, we can make a real-world impact and transform people’s lives.
Special thanks to Heng Yin Qi and our mentor Teo Shin Jen.