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Google Glass field trial aims to help those with Parkinson’s

•, Robert Nelson
The research teams are working with volunteers with Parkinson's ranging in age from 46-70. The initial work was being done to determine the acceptability of Glass. And at this point the teams have moved onto the next stage of the project, which is putting Glass to use to offer "discreet prompts linked to key behaviours typical of Parkinson’s."

Some of these include reminders to speak up, or to swallow to prevent drooling. Along with reminders specific to Parkinson’s, the team also has Glass being used for more personal items such as when to take medication and for any upcoming appointments. There was also mention of using the motion sensors in Glass to support people with "freezing." It was said freezing is a "behaviour caused by motor blocking," which is another common symptom with Parkinson’s.

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