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This article was published on September 10, 2014


Google acquires Lift Labs, the maker of a self-stabilizing spoon for Parkinson’s patients

Google acquires Lift Labs, the maker of a self-stabilizing spoon for Parkinson’s patients
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Google has announced the acquisition of Lift Labs, a research group that created tremor-canceling technology for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Lift Labs will join the Google X lab and continue to sell its Liftware spoon gadget, which makes it easier for patients to eat.

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“We’re also going to explore how their technology could be used in other ways to improve the understanding and management of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor,” Google said in a statement.

Liftware uses a neat trick of repurposing the image stabilization technology found in cameras to cancel out the tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease. Lift Labs has additional attachments, including a fork and a keyholder, planned for the device.

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See also: Google-founded Calico teams up with AbbVie to research treatments for age-related diseases

Image credits: Lift Labs