New Microsoft Watch Can Quiet Parkinson’s Tremors


Tech giant Microsoft has just unveiled one of their newest, most innovative designs: a wristwatch that can temporarily halt tremors in people with Parkinson’s disease.

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The prototype was showcased at the Microsoft Build 2017 event in Seattle, Washington. The watch works by vibrating in a certain pattern which disrupts the patient’s own tremors and quiets them. According to USA Today, the “Emma” watch was originally designed for a British graphic designer, whose Parkinson’s disease had left her unable to do her job. Microsoft engineers accepted a challenge on behalf of the BBC television program The Big Fix and astounded everyone when Emma was able to write her name while wearing the device.

Although the watch doesn’t cure tremors, it could offer a practical solution to millions of people living with the disease and the technology can be built upon to come up with other creative ideas that may help tremors in other parts of the body.

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  1. Claudia Greer says:

    Is this watch commercially available now? How? I’m using bean bag weights to resist my tremors, and this watch would make a big difference. Thank you for any info.

  2. Mark Williams says:

    I would also like to know when the Emma watch will be available. It’s over a year since it was announced and demonstrated, so why the silence since then?

  3. Maureen Lomas says:

    Please Please would you send me the details of how I can purchase this watch for my husband with PD. He is suffers with extreme tremors at times which leaves him exhausted and in pain through the contractions. Some respite for him would really lovely.

  4. Cheryl Miller says:

    I have essential tremors with a moderate to severe tremor in both hands. Is this watch available for trial or purchase?

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