The Michael J. Fox Foundation announced this week that it would provide patients with Parkinson's disease with Intel Basis smart watches and a specially developed app that can track people's movements and how they manage the condition. The technology has the potential to utterly transform Parkinson's research, writes Leo King on the Forbes website.
The nature of Parkinson's disease—a range of symptoms that vary in frequency and intensity—makes it difficult for physicians to monitor its progress. "If the doctor is running 15 minutes late, the assessment could be completely different than if he or she had seen the disease 15 minutes earlier," Michael J. Fox Foundation CEO Todd Sherer told USA Today.