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Google buys startup that develops devices for Parkinson’s patients

Google announced that they had acquired Lift Labs.
September 10, 2014

Today, Google announced that they had acquired Lift Labs, a company that builds “tremor-canceling devices” for Parkinson’s patients. The devices are designed to improve a person’s quality of life who suffers from neurodegenerative tremors, caused by Parkinson’s Disease or other conditions.

The main product made by Lift Labs is a high-tech spoon that uses sensors and stabilizers to detect and compensate for tremors.Specifically, Lift Labs repurposes image stabilization technology found in cameras to cancel out the tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease.

Google has also invested in other health tech companies including 23andMe, the genetic testing and research service.

A Google spokesperson confirmed the deal with The New York Times and stated that Life Labs will be rolled into the search giant’s Life Sciences unit, which is part of its the Google X lab.

Google cofounder Sergey Brin’s mother has Parkinson’s and he has admitted before that he is at risk for developing it.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.