This was undertaken as a group university project in 2021 for our 'Industrial Design Engineering' module. We were given an open brief to design and engineer a battery powered hand-tool for home use, that not only appeals to the mass market, but also meets the needs of a specific, underserved user group.
*Note: Fitbit were not engaged in any consultancy or collaborative capacity with this project and the outcome is in no way endorsed by them. Any publicity is limited to personal and academic use.
Over 25 million people worldwide suffer from Essential Tremor and over 10 million from Parkinson's disease. These result in rotational and lateral hand tremors, inhibiting users from independently carrying out many household tasks.
The Fitbit Balance is a healthcare wearable that benefits the user by physically alleviating hand tremor, as well as improving mental well-being by encouraging the user to build positive habits. Tremor severity is greatly reduced via the in-built electromechanical system, which applies a force onto the user's wrist, opposing that of the tremor.