30 million people worldwide are affected by it: an involuntary vibration in their body, also called a tremor, that disrupts daily life. For them, something as simple as pouring tea, putting a key in a lock or writing a letter is challenging. The born and raised Delft company STIL is about to change this. This year they will launch their anti-tremor orthosis, a unique wearable that dampens the vibration and provides stability. According to inventor and founder IJsbrand de Lange, Delft offers the perfect innovation climate for the development of Healthtech.
Man and machine
A few years ago, during his master’s degree in Biomechanical Engineering at TU Delft, IJsbrand de Lange saw a video of a shaking Michael J. Fox (famous lead actor in the Back to the Future film series). The actor asks attention for Parkinson’s disease, which he clearly suffers from.
As a true inventor, IJsbrand reasoned that the tremors in the actor’s hands are a mechanical problem; something that also occurs in rotating machines and is solved with damping. Can vibrations in humans also be damped as they can with machines? IJsbrand dived into it and developed a technology that solves involuntary vibration, then started his startup STIL and opened an office at YES!Delft on TU Delft Campus.