A Smartwatch For People With Parkinson’s

With a mission to use technology to empower humans of all abilities, Microsoft’s latest smartwatch aims to help minimize hand tremors experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease. Known as the Emma Watch, the device uses “vibrating motors—similar to those found in mobile phones—to distract the brain into focusing on something other than trying to control the patient’s limbs,” explains Microsoft. In essence, the motor’s vibrations counteract those of the wearer. There’s still a long way for the technology to go, but as there’s no cure for Parkinson’s in site, it’s a beacon of hope and a powerful use of technology and Microsoft’s resources.