Tagged: Parkinson

Google to acquire Lift Labs, the maker of Liftware Spoon

Liftware Spoon Lift Labs Google acquisition

Google has been on a spree of acquiring technology start-ups that are either linked to intelligence systems or automation industry. Now, they have plans to acquire San Francisco-based Lift Labs, the company behind the Liftware Spoon which stabilizes hand of people suffering from Parkinson. This take-over is planned for Wednesday as Google will announce the integration of Lift Labs into the Google Life Sciences division which is a part of Google X project. It is not clear how much Google will slash out to make this deal but it is certain that the meeting will take place in Mountain View Headquarters where Google’s top breed and Lift labs founder along with their hand-picked employees will be present.
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Electronic skin – Health monitoring skin patch capable of administering drugs automatically

Wearable electronic skin patch for health monitoring

Korean researchers have developed a wearable sensor device called Electronic Skin which is capable of monitoring and treating muscle disorders in people suffering from Parkinson or epilepsy. This wearable health monitoring device looks like a small adhesive bandage that has nano-circuitry embedded over it. As described in a paper published on this nanotechnology monitor, this small adhesive bandage can be worn on the wrist, as it continuously monitors physiological activity for one week and then the medication embedded in a silica interface is automatically administered through this flexible electronic device by diffusion-driven release of drug molecules through the skin. The silicon nanomemebrane sensors detect changes in electrical resistance to indicate a fast tremor or certain problem with the patient wearing it.
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Liftware Spoon stabilizes hand tremor so that you can eat without spills

LiftWare Spoon

People suffering from Parkinson, essential tremor and other neurological disorders have a hard time keeping their spoon stable while eating which can be an everyday battle at least 3 times a day. But the solution for this problem comes from an unrelated situation. Around a decade ago, Anupam Pathak (Ph.D. student) from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, helped soldiers suffering from the problem of rifle barrel shaking when holding the gun. The same technique is now used in stabilizing the shaking while eating by developing an active cancellation hardware used in noise cancelling earphones.
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