Dec 2, 2019 | Georgia Institute of Technology
By Jessica Barber
A team of material science and biomedical engineers, TremorTrainer was awarded Second Place at the 2019 InVenture Prize. Nicolette Prevost, Colten Spivey, and Nisha Goddard captured audiences with their intuitive, weighted glove designed to give confidence back to patients struggling with hand tremors.
The glove depends on counterweight technology in order to allow patients to carry out everyday tasks such as writing, tying shoelaces, and buttoning shirts. Depending on the severity of their tremors, patients can add small weights into the glove in order to provide the most effective results for their own needs.
Since the InVenture Prize, TremorTrainer has remained dutiful to bringing their glove to patients all around the world. The team has continued to make the glove more accessible and personalized.
“We are coordinating with a local seamstress to supply our gloves, and we are working on our patent. We will be providing a variety of sizes, and potentially colors. We are working on a means to brand our weights, and have completed the packaging design,” Prevost added.
As the team members are coming up on their last semesters at the Institute, their futures are looking quite bright. The final pieces for the full production of TremorTrainer are coming together, and the team is continually applying the knowledge gained from competing in the InVenture Prize.
“Beyond engineering, there is a lot that goes into advertising, logo design, slogan creation, and more than we would have ever known. We can now apply these lessons during design processes to optimize product performance down the line,” the team reflected.
Since participating in the 2019 Finals, TremorTrainer has proven itself to be a valuable addition to the medical field. The team has been working with multiple medical professionals in order to gauge the need for therapeutic devices, especially for tremor patients. Interactions like these have opened new doors for the team, and they look forward to continue expanding.
“We have come into contact with so many people who are interested in trying and buying the glove. We have received requests to expand the business outside of the United States. Our user base has expanded to include people from all over the country and world.” the team stated.
Another noteworthy possibility that the team has in mind is along the lines of internalizing more technology into the glove. The team is playing with the idea of making TremorTrainer a truly advanced competitor for motor skill therapies.
“In the future, we may incorporate sensors to gather data on someone’s tremor to offer a suggested weight amount,” the team mentioned. For now, users must predominantly decide which weight combination works best for them by using a trial and error basis.
Thoughts on the 2020 InVenture Prize
When asked about the most valuable part of their InVenture Prize journey, the team had one certain answer.
“The most valuable component of all is the coaching provided. We have had so much support from experienced professionals,” they reflected. “The InVenture Prize has taught us an immense amount about marketing, sales, and communication. Additionally, the product exposure and funding has launched us forward. On a personal as opposed to a business level, the public speaking development was unparalleled.”
In regard to students interested in the upcoming 2020 Competition, the team offered some final words of advice.
“If you are passionate about your design, pursue this! Give it a shot! Think critically about the value your product provides, and why it’s needed. Think about your business strategy for manufacture, production, and sale.”
Find out more about the 2020 InVenture Prize by clicking here. Registration closes on January 13.