P18045: Tremor Mitigation Test Arm


Project Summary Project Information

Around 4.6% of people 65 and older suffer from a form of Essential Tremor, or an involuntary rhythmic shaking. It generally begins in the arms and can progress to the head, neck, and voice.

Last year team 17044 developed a wearable device for patients with ET to mitigate their tremors so that they can function in everyday life. The team had no way of testing the device with anatomically and physiologically correct forms and motions and had no easy way to obtain feedback on the performance of the device.

The goal of this project is to develop a way to test the tremor mitigation device. The test rig must mimic a human arm and be able to measure the performance of the tremor mitigation device. The test rig is limited by a budget of $750, dimensions of 3x2x2 ft, the physiological data collected by the DAQ team, and the real range of motion of the human arm.

Our team aims to have a test rig that can incorporate patient data on ET to mimic the motions in order to allow the mitigation device to be properly tested and receive feedback on its performance.

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Project Name
Tremor Mitigation Test Arm
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Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Prof. Edward Hanzlik
Primary Customer
Dr. Dan Phillips
Sponsor (financial support)

Team Members

Eric, Megan, Nick, Zoe and Tommy

Eric, Megan, Nick, Zoe and Tommy

Name Role Contact
Eric Goodrich Biomedical Engineer emg1035@rit.edu
Tommy Nguyen Mechanical Engineer tn8315@rit.edu
Zoe Bottcher Mechanical Engineer zxb8910@rit.edu
Megan Bramlitt Biomedical Engineer mxb6786@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Below is a table of links to live or final documents that we used throughout the project.

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Validation & Presentation





Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

Electronic Schematics

Software Code

Manufacturing Instructions

Test Plans/Results


Phase Review Documents

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit


We would like to thank the RIT Senior Design program for sponsoring and supporting our project as we worked through the design and build process and learned a lot along the way. We would like to thank Dr. Lapizco for use of her lab space and tools. We would like to thank Dr. Bailey for her input, recommendations, and use of her model to demonstrate what we were thinking for our project. We would like to thank Dr. Phillips for being an active customer and providing us support and input and assistance when we needed it. Your electrical support especially was very valuable. We would also like to thank Professor Hanzlik. We couldn’t have gotten as far as we did or achieved as much without you. Your support and input were much needed and very valuable. Thank you for everything you did to help us succeed.