P18044: Tremor Mitigation Device 2


Project Summary Project Information

Roughly 7 million Americans suffer from some form of Essential Tremor, most commonly manifesting in their arms and hands. An Essential Tremor is an involuntary rhythmic shaking in the appendage of a patient.

Currently these tremors can be treated through various forms of prescribed medications, but these often involve unpleasant side effects, regular checkups, and self-monitoring. They also tend to lose their potency over time, requiring increases in daily dosage.

This project is focused on updating the efficacy and functionality of the system and design implemented in a previous year of MSD, during which alpha and beta prototype devices were created.

The expected result is a wearable tremor mitigation device prototype that addresses the needs of the customer. This will be done by increasing the robustness of the prototype, improving the design of the mechanical subsystem, and improving the control logic operating the braking system. In the future, this should allow for repeatable testing with future test rig teams and improvements to system design to increase functionality of mitigation.

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Project Name
Wearable Tremor Mitigation Device
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive Medical Devices
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Prof. David Durfee
Primary Customer
Dr. Dan Phillips
Sponsor (financial support)
Multidisciplinary Senior Design

Team Members

 James Godzwon, Marie Pillidge, Nicholas DaCosta, Daniel Lynch, Ashley Lyskawa, Drew Tosaya

James Godzwon, Marie Pillidge, Nicholas DaCosta, Daniel Lynch, Ashley Lyskawa, Drew Tosaya

Member Disipline Team Role Contact
Nicholas DaCosta Biomedical Engineer Lead Engineer npd4438@g.rit.edu
Drew Tosaya Computer Engineer Purchasing dmt8008@g.rit.edu
Ashley Lyskawa Biomedical Engineer Communications axl1504@g.rit.edu
James Godzwon Electrical Engineer Facilitator jeg7163@g.rit.edu
Marie Pillidge Biomedical Engineer Project Manager mfp6667@g.rit.edu
Daniel Lynch Mechanical Engineer Lead Mechanical Engineer dcl5732@g.rit.edu
Team Name
Hamsters (Ashley, Dan, Drew, James, Marie, Nick)

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Gate Review I

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)


 Arm brace donated by Ortho Innovations

Arm brace donated by Ortho Innovations