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Google Glass may be used to help Parkinson’s patients

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There has been anticipation from the public surrounding the release of Google Glass. There have even been scam artists claiming to already have the device for sale at a discount even though Google Glass is not yet available.

Google Glass may be effective in aiding Parkinson’s patients with their daily routine since most patients suffer from tremors in their bodies, especially their hands. It will allow someone with limited use of their hands to record a video, surf the internet, take a picture, and also send calls or text messages.

A research study was held at Newcastle University consisting of Parkinson’s patients, the participants were given Google Glass to try at home, ABC News reported on Friday April 11.

According to Newcastle University in England, UK, 5 pairs of Google Glass were donated to the school to conduct research on the use of the Glass among people with long-term medical conditions. The study consisted of patients between the ages of 46 and 70.

The second part of the research study will consist of the development of discreet prompts reminding the person wearing the Google Glass to “speak up or to swallow to prevent drooling. Glass can also be used as a personal reminder for things such as medication and appointments.”

The senior research associate in computer science at Newcastle University, John Vines expressed his surprise when participants were receptive to the idea of using Google Glass. Most people within the age range of the participants, 46-70, are not as inclined to utilizing technology as the younger generation. However, a few of the participants were pleased with the idea of being able to function independently, especially in public.

Parkinson’s is a disease that affects the central nervous system. When someone experiences symptoms of Parkinson’s it is usually the beginning stages of the loss of structure or function of the neurons in the brain. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include shaking, slowness of movement, and rigidity.

Google Glass will be available for purchase on April 15 at 9 am EDT. According to the official website purchase is limited to U.S residents 18 years of age or older.

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