Google buys Lift Labs, makers of the tremor compensating Liftware spoon
Google has bought San Francisco-based biotechnology startup Lift Labs. Mountain view has been known to cast its acquisition nets quite a distance from its core technologies of search and mobiles and here we have evidence of that behaviour again. In this case Lift Labs’ most eminent product thus far is its Liftware spoon device which is capable of cancelling out 70% of a user’s hand tremor.
Google said it was excited to bring the Lift Labs team into the fold. Referring to the start product of the Liftware spoon the Google blog said that “Their tremor-cancelling device could improve quality of life for millions of people. 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.” With an aging population medical technology devices making sufferers of diseases such as Parkinson’s easier will be a good business for Google to be in.
Lift Labs does seem to focus upon Parkinsons’ and “essential tremor” health issues exclusively, if you refer to its blog. As part of Google[x] the firm hopes to continue the work it has started and produce Liftware stabilised spoons. Furthermore the team wrote “We’re especially excited to work with the Google team to scale our operations and reach even more people who could benefit from using tremor-cancelling devices”.
Here at Tech Assimilate we think that while the buyout sounds a little left field it does tie in with Google’s robotics interests. In Japan scientists are looking at deploying robots to help the aged and people with disabilities. So robots could help the person with the day to day activities and the Liftware stabiliser tech could complement the robot’s service.