Mindcoord uses AR to help patients with Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a disease that impairs movement and coordination. More than 10 million people worldwide are affected by it. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and by 2020, we will see nearly 1 million Parkinson’s disease patients.
As a technology company, we are using advanced technologies like augmented reality to solve the quality of life of those affected by this disease. Patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may face visual, cognitive, and mobility challenges as the disease progresses and the side effects of certain drugs. Visual impairment can make it difficult to distinguish objects, perceive depth, and safely manipulate space, while changes in cognitive abilities may make previously automated tasks, such as walking, more troublesome. However, visual treatments can help Parkinson’s patients stay normal.
We use augmented reality to train patients with Parkinson’s disease to walk again. Our approach uses “visual clues” that help patients move around a confined space. Through constant training, patients were able to observe noticeable differences and are often able to walk again. Mindcoord is currently collaborating with Boston University researchers to improve its current AR rehabilitation solution for patients with PD. We are currently aiming to gain more data and proceed to help more patients with Parkinson’s disease.