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Active Cancellation Technology Counteracts Parkinson's Tremors

 - Sep 5, 2013
References: gadgetreview & ohgizmo
Lift Labs' tremor cancelling spoon, which incorporates "active cancellation of tremor" technology, would make the difficulties associated with eating for those suffering from Parkinson's disease a thing of the past. The $300 spoon, set to be released this month, is designed to actively counteract the tremors of those suffering from Parkinson's disease.

The Smart Spoon is embedded with a computer that analyzes the movements of the tremors and moves in the opposite direction to them, effectively cancelling out the excessive movements. While the physical difficulties of eating for those suffering from Parkinson's is well documented, the Smart Spoon would go a long way towards alleviating the more potentially devastating effects of indignity and embarrassment that many suffer. Its developer, Dr. Anupam Pathak, says the technology will aim to work with the patient, unlike previous technology that tried to "resist" patients' movements.

The Smart Spoon would also be a huge financial incentive for those who currently have to rely on caregivers to feed them. The Spoon comes together with a free iOS and Android app called Lift Pulse that can calculate the magnitude of patients' tremors using the phone's installed accelerometer.