Hand tremors occur more frequently than you might think. Essential tremor is the most common adult neurologic disorder according to Healthline. People with essential tremor, which Healthline says is most likely attributed to cerebellum dysfunction, often don’t have other symptoms although the tremor can become more severe with age. According to the International Essential Tremor Foundation, an estimated 10 million people suffer from the condition. Parkinson’s Disease symptoms also include hand tremors as well as stooped posture, slow movement, and shuffling gait. Hand tremors can also be symptoms of other neurological conditions and diseases.
Steadiwear’s Steadiglove is a work in progress solution to counteract hand tremors. Development started as a work of love by Canadian engineer Mark Elias who saw this grandmother suffer burns of her hand from a fresh cup of hot coffee she could not hold still. Together with Emile Maamary, who lived with a friend that had suffered from Essential Tremor since he was a teenager, Elias formed Steadiwear. The team is associated with Toronto’s Impact Centre innovation community.
The key technology used in Steadiglove is fluid vibration dampering, used to make buildings earthquake-proof. The concept uses “smart fluid designed to provide instant and equal resistance to hand tremors.” As designed, and currently in prototype, the Steadiglove is lightweight, washable for everyday wear, and adaptable to any tremor level. No battery is needed because the fluid in the glove provides the counteracting resistance to tremors. Compared to taking Botox injections to paralyze muscles, the Steadiglove has the promise to be a simpler, much less expensive way to control hand tremors.
Steadiwear is currently seeking feedback as the team continues to refine the prototype. Anyone with hand tremors can participate by taking the survey on at the company’s website. This passive solution to the problem is a contrast with the compensating motion of devices like the Liftware spoon.