The innovative, finger-worn BiRD device flexes the finger to detect the early signs of Parkinson’s Disease.
Developed by a team from the Bionics Institute, the BiRD (Bionics Institute Rigidity Device) attaches to the patient’s middle finger with Velcro straps. Once in place, a small motor in the BiRD will flex the middle finger for thirty seconds, tracking the amount of force required to bend the finger via onboard sensors. That data is then used to determine muscle stiffness, which is one of the first signs of Parkinson’s disease.
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