When Parkinson’s disease stopped a young artist from creating, it was technology that saved the day, in the way of wrist-worn wearable that has helped reduce her tremors.
The Emma Watch is exactly the type of wearable the world is in need of
Sure, an Apple Watch and the like have many uses, but this wrist-worn wearable has the ability to stop the tremors of people that suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
The wrist wearable was created by Haiyan Zhang, the Research Innovation Director at Microsoft, to help reduce the hand tremors of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s, such as Emma Lawton.
The graphic designer was 29 when she diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which had greatly affected her life, with the tremors becoming more pronounced over the last three years, which stopped her from writing and drawing straight lines.
But technology has come to the rescue.
The Emma Watch employs vibrating motors, not all that different to the motors found in mobile phones, to distract the brain from focusing on something other than trying to control the patient’s limbs.
The motors do so by creating vibrations that counter the tremors of someone that suffers from Parkinson’s, effectively stabilizing them, which is what Lawton credits to restoring her ability to write and draw.
If not for the wearable, the young designer says she would have given up on being a graphic designer and looked for another career that her tremors would not have a negative impact on.
It’s a bit of a modern-day miracle, for someone not being able to write and draw and then being able to do it again. And the watch continues to work. It fills me with joy that it wasn’t just a one-off, a fluke. I get foot cramps, so I’m going to try wearing it around the house on my ankle and see whether that helps. You never know. – Emma Lawton