Google's 'smart spoon' offers helping hand to Parkinson's patients

26 November, 2014

Tech giant and pioneer Google hopes to help patients suffering from essential tremors and Parkinson's disease through a new hi-tech 'smart spoon'.

Called 'Liftware', the utensil uses thousands of algorithms to determine just how much a hand is trembling – and then makes instant modifications to help the spoon stay balanced.

The product, according to Google, is able to reduce shaking of the spoon bowl by up to 76 per cent.

Parkinson's disease affects more than 9 million people worldwide, and it's also a condition which is close to home for Google co-founder Sergey Brin, his mother being a sufferer. Brin also recently donated more than $50 million to fund research to find a cure.

Google acquired Lift Lab, the company that developed the spoon, earlier this year – one of a number of purchases it's made in last couple of years to be at the forefront of medical research and development.

The spoons are available for $295.