This Microsoft wearable is helping Parkinson's patients write again

Microsoft's Emma Watch is a game-changer for people with Parkinson's

Microsoft highlighted one such story at their Build 2017 developer conference this week, when they showed the video about a woman with Parkinson's, and a device developed by one of Microsoft's researchers that helps with Parkinson's tremors.

After a speech that both heralded and warned about coming leaps in technological power, Nadella screened video that told the story of two British Microsoft researches, Haiyan Zhang and Nicolas Villa, who chose to launch and independent project to create a tremor-eliminating device for a BBC documentary, The Big Life Fix.

"It's a bit of a modern-day miracle - someone not being able to write and draw and then being able to do it again", Lawton says.

Zhang wanted to help Emma overcome her handicap.

Emma was able to her to write her name clearly and even draw a rectangle.

Microsoft stresses that Emma Watch is not a cure for the disease, which afflicts 10 million people. Zhang spent a total of six months prototyping a wearable for her friend Emma Lawton.

The watch works through a combination of sensors and A.I.techniques to potentially detect and monitor symptoms like tremors, stiffness and instability, among others.

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Introduced on the BBC's The Big Life Fixlast December, the Emma Watch has catapulted Zhang to fame. The Emma Watch sends vibrations to the brain that help control hand tremors. The vibration pattern depends on the person and so the device is connected to a Windows 10 tablet using an app controlling the vibration speed.

So, by sending vibrations that cause the brain to focus on Lawson's right wrist, it reduces the extra signals that cause muscle tremors. "The device doesn't stop my tremor", Lawton told Microsoft. The writing, it's not going to be ideal.

Zhang said that people with Parkinson's often are trying to move their hands and stop them from moving at the same time, which causes a conflict.

"It's beyond anything I can ever express properly in words", she said.

Encouraged by the success, Zhang has partnered with a neuroscience team in London to set up trails for the device.

The Emma watch is among a long list of cool technologies by Microsoft personnel.

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