Microsoft Unveils A Watch To Help Parkinson’s Patients

It’s hard to believe a watch can help improve an ill person’s way of life, but that is the case with the Emma Watch.

Microsoft unveiled a prototype watch that can calm tremors stemming from Parkinson's disease. The Emma Watch was highlighted yesterday at the company's annual Build conference in Seattle. The watch vibrates in a certain way to disrupt the feedback loop between the brain and hand during shaking.

The device is named after Emma Lawton, who was able to write and sketch again thanks to the watch and Microsoft Research Innovation Director Haiyan Zhang who was given the task of making it all happen.

While only a prototype, the watch's designers are working with neuroscientists to start trials with people suffering from the disease. The watch uses sensors and artificial intelligence to monitor symptoms.

See Emma Lawton’s amazing story below.

 
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