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.