This New Pen Could Help People With Parkinson’s Write More Legibly

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People who have Parkinson’s disease sometimes experience micrographia, a symptom where handwriting starts out OK but becomes increasingly small and difficult to read. It can make everyday tasks like signing a card or writing a grocery list incredibly difficult. Parkinson’s can also make small, narrow writing tools, like a pen, painful to hold.

With these difficulties in mind, the British design group Dopa Solution developed the ARC pen, a pen designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s who experience micrographia, Wired News reported. The pen, which is larger and easier to hold than an average pen, vibrates at a high frequency that helps users write clearer and larger. In a trial of 14 people who have micrographia, 86 percent of the participants’ writing was bigger when using the pen, according to the video below.

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The ARC pen is still in the early stages of development — Dopa Solution is currently looking for sponsors to progress testing and development to the next level.

“As our theory of using vibration works for other tools, it could be [used in] makeup tools, brushes, computer mice and other tools,” Lucy Jung, one of the product designers, told Wired.

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