Parkinson’s Disease experience uses Raspberry Pi

Liam Jarvis, of the University of London at Royal Holloway, and his team from the Analogue Theatre Company have created an experiential art installation called Transports. Here’s what New Scientist has to say about this incredible project:

It aims to simulate the physical and psychological effects of the early stages of Parkinson’s disease by taking inspiration from body illusions, like the rubber hand trick, in which the brain accepts a fake limb as its own.

To create the sensations, you wear a glove fitted with a motorised device, while looking at a screen you hold in the other hand. The device recreates tremors running at 6 hertz, which is the upper limit of those experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease.

They researched the sensations experienced by Parkinson’s sufferers by working closely with a neuroscientist at Royal Holloway and was developed using low-cost technology. The components are all controlled by a Raspberry Pi.

You can read more by viewing this article on the New Scientist website.

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