When you hear ‘Microsoft’, most people think of their computer, but aside from everything Windows, the tech giant has its hands dipped in many projects for a long time.
At this year’s annual Future Decoded event held in London, it revealed some of the other exciting ways its helping people to adapt to change – or as Microsoft’s own head of devices Panos Panay puts it, “opening up the benefits of technology to more people”. So let’s take a look at some…
Counteracting Parkinson’s tremors
Sadly there’s no known cure for Parkinson’s but Microsoft researchers have been working on a project that could at least make sufferers’ lives a little easier.
Haiyan Zhang, innovation director at Microsoft Research Cambridge, developed a watch which counters the tremors sufferers experience which would usually make it impossible to write or draw.
The wearable – called Emma, after a 33-year-old with the neurological condition who first tested the device – reduces the tremors using vibrating motors to distract the brain from focusing on something else instead of controlling the patient’s limbs.