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OneRing: 15 Year Old Creates 3D Printed Parkinson’s Tracker


15 year old whizzkid creates OneRing, a 3D printed Parkinson’s tracker that uses machine learning to analyze and understand movement.

It’s not every day a wearable is created with the less fortunate in mind. There’s the Internet of Things, sure, but what about the Internet of Making Things Better? That’s the principle behind OneRing, an intelligent monitoring device for Parkinson’s sufferers.

The idea first came to Utkarsh Tandon, a high school sophomore in California, after volunteering at a local Parkinson’s institute. By combining 3D printing and data, Tandon was able to create a wearable that could continuously monitor patients, thereby assisting doctors, sufferers, and researchers alike.

The OneRing project later landed on Kickstarter, where it was successfully funded, and the finished products will be shipping soon.

By tracking patients’ symptoms and progress, the ring can help doctors understand how well medications or regimens may (or many not) be working. To keep costs down, the wearable includes a low energy Bluetooth microchip in 3D printed cover and encasing fabricated by Shapeways.

OneRing to Rule Them All

OneRing really gets interesting when linked up to the iOS app. There are three main functions it performs.

Since the main symptoms of Parkinson’s affects movements and motor function, a wearable is ideal for tracking. The program registers slowness of movement, involuntary movements and tremors.

Then, recent data on movements can be processed through machine learning algorithms, turning bits of data into an overall illustration of how the patient is progressing. The goal is to effectively quantify the disease instead of guessing.

Finally, data can be easily and automatically sent to physicians, in the form of smart patient reports. Since data doesn’t forget details, the process could actually be much more reliable than patient reports.

Though the ring sounds almost too good to be true, the idea behind it isn’t so uncommon these days. Machine learning and data will be key to analyzing and keeping track of illnesses, so, if they’re going to be implemented into wearables, why shouldn’t they be 3D printed?

Having completed testing, the rings are getting ready to be shipped, pending Tandon’s “AP exams.” The majority of rings will be going to local Parkinson’s institutes.

(Source: Shapeways Blog)