The Role of Intelligent Textiles to Assist The Treatment Process of Parkinson’s Patients (Part II)

BULETIN TEKSTIL.COM/Jakarta- As explained in part I regarding the role of smart textiles in helping the treatment process for Parkinson’s patients, this is a continuation of part I.

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The smart glove is basically made of a textile glove made of woven material which is inserted with a sensor material that is flexible and can feel a stimulus when it is bent or pulled. Then it is hoped that an electrical signal will be generated when there is a bending or deformation of the flexible sensor material.

Furthermore, the electrical signal will be forwarded to a sensor information processing device to be processed into data and collected by a nanocontroller device. Conductive threads are also used in this design as a material for conducting electrical signals between parts, both from the sensor section to the information processing module, as well as from the information processing section to the nanocontroller module.

Conductive yarn was chosen because of its ability to conduct electric current (DC/weak current), in addition to having unique characteristics as a textile yarn material that is durable and flexible.

The Preliminary Design of the Smart Glove Design Proposed by Professor Mankodiya et al.

Illustration of reading the electrical signal generated by the smart glove under various conditions to illustrate the hand activity of a Parkinson’s patient while wearing the glove.

By combining the Internet of Things (IoT) feature, the smart glove can upload patient data to the internet wirelessly so that measurements can be carried out more reliably and in real time.

Furthermore, this research has reached the development stage and has succeeded in obtaining funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) up to a total cost of $249.977 because it is considered to have a successful commercial potential and a fairly high social impact, especially in the medical field in the United States.

As of this writing, researchers are still working to develop this proposed system to a more advanced level of technological readiness by conducting research involving about 20 to 30 Parkinson’s patients each day at the Rhode Island County Hospital.

“There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but if doctors can monitor their patients remotely using smart gloves, it will allow them to assess how the medication is working and then make adjustments if necessary,” said Hopkins, one of the patients who has joined the group. the program.

Hopkins believes that he has succeeded in slowing the disease in himself by continuing to practice consistently and measurably. Perhaps one day, patients like Hopkins will receive the most optimal treatment plans from their doctors based on feedback from the smart gloves they wear.

(Red B-GTeks/Andrian Wijayono, S.Tr.T., M.Tr.T)

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