Parkinson's affects up to 1 million people in the U.S. and doctors diagnose as many as 60,000 new cases each year. The symptoms of Parkinson's include:
stiff, twitching muscles fatigue, dizziness impaired voice, soft speech
After watching Youtube videos regarding this condition, looking at current methods for recording data, and investigating current Parkinson's data analytics tools, we realized that most of these utilities were either too expensive, too complicated, or just not accessible.
That is why we chose to make Imperium, a low cost, uncomplicated, accessible Parkinson's partner.
What it does
There are three components to Imperium: The Imperium Hand, The Imperium Web Portal, The Imperium Alexa Skill. These three components work in unison to assist patients with Parkinson's record their condition, easily send reports to their doctor, and visually understand how their Parkinson's is advancing.
There are four steps to utilizing Imperium:
1./ Wear Imperium Band on center three fingers on dominant hand
2./ Using voice commands, utilize Alexa to initiate test.
3./ Perform hand gestures in synchronized manner to screen.
4./ Wait for data to be processed, reported to doctor, and see information visualization.
How we built it
The Imperium Hand: We used a Particle Photon to gather tilt switch data (using an external accelerometer module) and sent the data over cellular connection to the cloud. We also built a make shift glove and finger attachment to garner the most precise data.
The Imperium Alexa Skill: Using Amazon Web Services and the Alexa SDK, we connected our Alexa device to the cloud and our database so the user can activate The Imperium Hand verbally and the same skill would give directions on which gestures to perform during examination.
The Imperium Web Portal: Using web frameworks and languages, we custom built an admin panel where users can edit personal information, view logs from their tests, read instructions on how to use the other components of Imperium, as well as scroll through an interactive progress chart of their condition.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
This was a really hefty project that had several components and we did not imagine that we would be able to complete even one of the components, if not all of them; however, after utilizing each of our unique skills sets we were able to construct all the different components individually and connect them near the end cohesively. This would not have been as easy to do had our code been messily written and incoherent.
What we learned
We learned several things but namely how to using the Particle Proton, encryption on web portals, and more knowledge about the Alexa SDK.
What's next for Imperium
We want to do several things with Imperium but here's the list:
1.) Fix the database/login system so users can create accounts and multiple people can use it 2.) Get the system implemented for at least one patient so we can see if it works or not 3.) Get the Alexa skill more refined so it sounds more natural to talk with