Our Greatest Challenges

Parkinson's Fog Control Box

The Challenge

QL+ engineering students from Cal Poly are developing a device that will allow those with Parkinson’s Disease to walk more easily and safely.  Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the motor system because of decreased dopamine, causing “freezing of gait” (FOG) symptoms.  This device will attach to a cane or walker and will emit a green laser light, a metronome-like sound, and songs, that the user can activate.  These sensory stimuli can help the brain communicate more effectively with the body to help normalize gait and improve quality of life for those with Parkinson’s Disease.