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  • We acquired this object.

2016

  • Work on this object began.

2017

2021

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Prototype, Emma Watch

This is a Prototype. It was designed by Nicolas Villar and manufactured by Microsoft Research. It is dated 2016. Its medium is 3d printing, custom pcb.

UK-based graphic designer Emma Lawton was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2013 and lost the ability to draw and write her name due to active hand tremors. Microsoft researchers Haiyan Zhang and Nicolas Villar invented the Emma Watch, a wearable device that uses haptic vibration technology to allow Emma to regain the use of her hand.

It is credited Lent by Haiyan Zhang.

  • Watch (USA)
  • plastic, electronic components, metal.
  • Gift of Entertainment Systems of America.
  • 1983-7-1
  • Cruciform watch Watch
  • gilt-bronze, rock crystal, brass, silver, steel, leather and silk case.
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1967-48-73-a,b

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 1.9 × 21.6 × 3.8 cm (3/4 × 8 1/2 × 1 1/2 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Access+Ability.

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