Mari-the Parkinson's Assistant

by Savannah College of Art and Design

Parkinson’s disease is a widespread neurodegenerative condition that affects more than 10 million people worldwide. Parkinson’s patients struggle with a variety of physical symptoms including tremors, muscle rigidity, and slowness of movement. They also suffer from emotional distress and issues such as anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, their physical symptoms often affect their speech and communication skills, creating a communication gap between the patient and other people in their life. Currently there is no known cure for Parkinson’s, although there are a variety of treatments and therapies that are known to relieve certain symptoms.
Mari responds to this problem by enabling those with Parkinson's to manage their disease and encourage them in their day to day life. As a companion its ultimate goal is to provide patients with emotional support and the opportunity to develop their motor and speech skills. It is composed of 3 main components, including a stationary device, an app and an add on device. The main hub is driven by powerful voice AI technology that crafts individualized responses to what the patient says and communicates with them in a natural and engaging way like a friend would. Utilizing emotion AI, it detects the nuances of the conversation and can even detect when the user might have trouble speaking due to their disease. The data it gathers from its conversations with the patient is then stored in the Mari app to be viewed by whoever uses the app.
Mari fit is the physical add-on device that tracks the physical movement of the patient while they complete their exercises. It is a lightweight device that the patient can hold to help increase their grip strength. A strap for the patient to put around their wrist ensures the device is not accidentally dropped while exercising. The data collected is then...


Silver in Apps 2022, Student

Silver in Product or Gadget Design 2022, Student

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Lead Designer

Luke Lobotsky

University or Design School

Savannah College of Art and Design

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Design Team

Luke Lobotsky, Sarah Kim, Maria Oleaga

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Individual Credits

Visual Lead: Sarah Kim
Product Designer: Maria Oleaga