Google pushes further into health care

330ogleAmbitious search giant Google has bought a company which helps people with Parkinson’s disease.

The firm, Liff Labs, will become part of Google’s R&D division – Google X.  Google X works on projects such as driverless cars and Google glasses.

Financial terms are not disclosed but according to a Google blog, a spoon made by Liff includes sensors that can pick up tremors in a patient’s hand are cance them.

Google has already made forays into health care, including the collection of genetic and molecular data and “smart” contact lenses. It is understood that Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s mother has Parkinson’s and his chance of developing the disease is greater than average.

Liff Labs said in a prepared statement that the acquisition will let its invention reach more people living with Parkinson’s.