Featured Image: Emma Watch (Prototype), 2016; Designed by Haiyan Zhang (Australian, born 1978) and Nicolas Villar (Colombian, born 1980); Manufactured by Microsoft Research (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, founded 1975); 3D-printing, Custom PCB; Courtesy of Haiyan Zhang. | UK-based graphic designer Emma Lawton was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2013 and lost the ability to draw and write her name due to active hand tremors. Microsoft researchers Haiyan Zhang and Nicolas Villar invented the Emma Watch, a wearable device that uses haptic vibration technology to allow Emma to regain the use of her hand. The team is hoping this and other technologies can dramatically improve the quality of life for more people.

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