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

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It's all thanks to a wearable with her namesake designed by Microsoft researcher, Haiyan Zhang, who was inspired to help Lawton after the two met in London.

Microsoft wove together several real-life use cases into powerful stories that helped to shape the company's vision of the future while also helping contribute to the engineering pursuits displayed at this year's developer's conference, Build 2017.

United Kingdom native Emma Lawton was 29 years old when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

While the watch titled Emma is by no means a cure for the disease, it does manage the symptoms so that a patient with Parkinson's can write legibly with its help.

Zhang is now working to take Project Emma to the next level.

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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While Zhang says that Microsoft isn't sure why the bracelet works quite yet, she explained that it could be short-circuiting Lawton's perception of her tremors so her brain doesn't actively fight them. The Emma watch is a wrist-worn device that significantly reduces the nearly constant limb tremors associated with Parkinson's.

The video shared by BBC' documentary series, reveals Zhang spent six months prototyping a wearable that sends vibrations to Lawton's brain forcing it to focus on her right wrist.

In people with Parkinson's, the brain fires off extra signals to muscles, creating a chaotic, internal feedback loop that causes muscles to essentially panic and perform many movements at once. 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.

Haiyan Zhang is the inventor who built the device for her friend named Emma Lawton. Joining the list of many, Microsoft has unveiled the Emma Watch, a wrist-wearable created to help reduce the hand tremors that comes with Parkinson's disease.

As a comparison of Emma's writing without the watch and with it shows, it's not flawless but it is much better.

Fortunately, Microsoft had a detailed blog post queued up for the curious.

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