Microsoft’s Emma Watch Eases Parkinson’s Tremors

Microsoft’s Emma Watch Eases Parkinson’s Tremors
Design

A researcher built the device for a graphic designer to lessen her symptoms

Emma Hutchings
  • 23 may 2017

Microsoft researcher Haiyan Zhang built a special device to help graphic designer Emma Lawton, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013. The Emma Watch uses vibrations to ease her tremors, enabling Lawton to write her own name again.

Zhang is now researching exactly how the watch helps its namesake and collaborating on a new intiative, Project Emma, which explores the use of sensors and AI to detect and monitor symptoms. She is also working with a neuroscience team in London to streamline and optimize the Emma Watch and they are setting up trials for the device. You can check out the video below to learn more:

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Microsoft researcher Haiyan Zhang built a special device to help graphic designer Emma Lawton, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013. The Emma Watch uses vibrations to ease her tremors, enabling Lawton to write her own name again.

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