A NON-INVASIVE DEVICE FOR PARKINSON'S
CUE1, a non-invasive wearable device for Parkinson’s, utilises pulsed
cueing and focused vibrotactile stimulation to reduce symptoms of slowness and stiffness resulting in improved movement.
Developed by a team of engineers, doctors and neuroscientists, CUE1 offers a novel, non-invasive approach to increasing quality of life for people with Parkinson’s. Using removable medical adhesive to rest on the sternum, CUE1 can provide an immediate aid, activated by the simple push of a button.
Pilot tests have resulted in an average improvement of 16% in movement tasks such as using tools, manipulating objects, walking and more. Most importantly participants felt their movement was smoother and better controlled.
FEATURES OF CUE1
Utilising non-invasive, focused vibrotactile stimulation and cueing to improve movement.
A wearable, discreet and adjustable medication reminder and recording system.
SYMPTOM & PROGRESSION
Monitor symptoms and quality of life measures with the CUE1 app.
HOW DOES CUE1 HELP WITH PARKINSON'S?
The benefits of vibration in Parkinson’s was first noted by French neurologist and professor of anatomical pathology, Jean-Martin Charcot in the 19th century. Professor Charcot made the observation that patients felt more comfortable after a train ride. He went on to invent a chair which simulated the vibrations experienced by his patients with Parkinson’s.
Over recent years and with advancements in technology, there’s been an accelerating surge in research activity to understand how touch-sensors, sensory information and muscles communicate to produce this effect, and how neuromodulatory technology that influences this communication can be advanced.
There is variability in the type, method and testing of the technology, however, studies demonstrate that focused peripheral stimulation is associated with faster completion of timed motor tasks, improved gait and a better quality of life for people with Parkinson’s.
CUE1 works by delivering gentle vibratory stimulus to the peripheral nervous system, producing a characteristic cortical response which eases the typical stiffness and slowness symptoms associated with Parkinson’s. Users of CUE1 For Parkinson’s report feeling that movement is better controlled and they can move smoother, easier and faster whilst wearing the device.
DISCRETE MEDICATION ALERTS
The CUE1 device was originally developed to ease symptoms of Parkinson’s, but during our initial testing phase, our participants informed us of the difficulties associated with taking medication on time and asked us if there was any way that CUE1 could help.
Taking medication at the right time each day is an important aspect of managing Parkinson’s and as we were reminded during our initial testing phase, can often be difficult to manage in itself.
With the suggestions of our participants, we incorporated a discrete medicine reminder system into the device that is both intuitive and adjustable and reminds you to take your medication with a gentle, discreet and identifiable vibration.
One of our main philosophies is to make a device for people with Parkinson’s, with people with Parkinson’s and we’re proud to be following through with this.
With CUE1‘s discrete medication alerts, managing symptoms and getting the most from treatment will be much easier for people with Parkinson’s.
CUE1 has an easy and simple to use app which is integrated with the device and allows users to instruct the device when to remind them to take their medicine.
It also tracks how long the device was used for each day and offers symptom tracking too, allowing both users and their healthcare providers to interpret the efficacy of the device on their symptoms.
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are numerous and can be difficult to communicate and quantify. The variability in symptoms day-by-day and hour-by-hour can make this even more difficult.
This poses a challenge when explaining how they have been to their Parkinson’s specialists and family.
We are working with people with Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s specialists to explore the best ways to monitor symptoms and track day-by-day variation and longer-term progression.
We believe this could really help people plan their day to day activities, monitor their response to different therapies and support clinicians decision making with medications changes.
“CUE1 took my breath away. It is so beautiful and is just what Parkinson’s patients need. It will make us all feel more valued. It really is a lovely piece of jewellery and such an important piece.”
“I did feel a real difference wearing the CUE1 device, I felt smoother and quicker and the walking particularly as well…I don’t know what it is but it felt more fluid. I’m really pleased!”
“The main impact of the CUE1 device will be on the motor aspect of Parkinson’s. Research has shown peripheral stimulation gives rise to a motor-circuitry kick. So I am a great fan of this device which can help people with Parkinson’s overcome their symptoms of freezing and hypokinesia.”
HELPING PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON'S
“I moved easier and smoother”
One of our participants had stopped going to her dancing classes due to her Parkinson’s disease.
She had a 29% improvement in stiffness and slowness with the wearable CUE1 device.
This motivated her to go back to her dancing classes which she had missed sorely. This is our aim – to help people with Parkinson’s get back to the activities they used to love.
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