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Rechargeable Vest

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This rechargeable vest is a new prototype developed by students at Stanford University designed to help minimize Parkinson's symptoms and reduce shaking. The Medtronic Recharging Vest, is designed for people with walking disabilities and specifically people with Parkinson's disease who are dependent on the use of an assistive device or a cane or walker in order to walk. Harpeet Sangha led a team determined to improve the cane prototype and they designed a vest to replace a walker.

Technical Specifications: 

The Medtronic Rechargable Vest was designed by “The Rechargers” team with Harpreet Sangha, a student at Stanford in an Assistive Technology course. Senior Reid Miller demonstrated the fit of the Medtronic Recharging Vest. Freshman Dara Roberts and Reid Miller presented the Medtronic Recharging Vest.Deep Brain Stimulation, which is a symptomatic treatment for Parkinson's disease, tremors, pain symptoms, dystonia, Tardive dyskinesia, Tourette's syndrome, and other neuropsychiatric disorders.

DBS requires a submillimeter accuracy Steps to achieve +/- 0.5 mm accuracy:

  • MRI localization of target relative to anterior & posterior commisures
  • Day-of-surgery CT in stereotactic frame
  • Ventriculogram at surgery start
  • Bilateral plane X-ray to locate electrode
  • Recording multiunit neuron signals at known electrode depths
  • Repeat X-ray & recording for each track
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Then, an IPG or Implantable Pulse Generator is placed in one's brain. The Activa RC device provides bi-lateral and targets both sides of the brain and offers a more advanced approach to device programming, and additional tools for capturing history relevant to the patient’s therapy. Activa RC is the first and only rechargeable DBS neurostimulator in the world and lasts for nine years before replacement is necessary. Normally, patients need to recharge the device at home on a regular basis depending on their stimulation settings.

POWER: The AC power supply recharges the battery. The recharging system includes Activa® 37651 RC.

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12/16/2015
Rechargeable Vest

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Stanford University
Stanford University Organization Type: 
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Stanford University, officially Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in Stanford, California, and one of the world's leading educational institutions, with the top position in numerous rankings and measures in the United States. Stanford was founded in 1885 by Leland Stanford, former Governor of and U.S. Senator from California and leading railroad tycoon, and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford, in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford, Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford admitted its first students on October 1, 1891 as a coeducational and non-denominational institution. Tuition was free until 1920. Stanford faculty and alumni have founded many companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Sun Microsystems, Instagram and Yahoo!, and companies founded by Stanford alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue, equivalent to the 10th-largest economy in the world. It is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires, 17 astronauts, and 18 Turing Award laureates. It is also one of the leading producers of members of the United States Congress. The University has affiliated with 59 Nobel laureates and 2 Fields Medalists (when awarded). Assistive technology is prototyped in labs affiliated with this institution.
Address: 
Stanford University 450 Serra Mall
94305 Stanford , CA United States
California US
Phone (U.S. and Canada): 
650-723-2481
 
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