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A new free app makes it easier for people with hand tremors to use the iPad

A new free app called Staybl repurposes existing technologies in iPad make it easier to use for those dealing with involuntary hand tremors due to conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

The New York and Germany offices of the global advertising company Havas Creative developed the app after two years of collaboration with experts from the German Parkinson Society and Parkinson’s patients in Germany and the USA.

your goal is to improve access to technology for those dealing with Parkinson’s disease and other health conditions that cause tremors. While the app is currently only available for use on Apple’s iPad, the developers aim to bring it to other digital devices and platforms in the future.

“We’re always talking about how technology should improve our lives, but of course we don’t include everyone in those benefits,” said Eric Schoeffler, Havas’ chief creative officer in Germany. “Staybl is neither a drug nor a cure. However, it is a technological solution that can provide easier access to the digital world for all people with Parkinson’s and tremors,” adds Schoeffler.

Tremors are one of the earliest symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, an incurable neurodegenerative disease affecting the central nervous system. Over time, this tremor — which often affects the hands — can make it difficult to perform simple tasks like putting on clothes or using mobile devices, and can affect a person’s overall quality of life.

However, using the iPad’s accelerometer, Staybl can detect when the device is shaking due to physical shock and then respond immediately by moving its web browser on the screen in the opposite direction. This stabilizes the screen so that the user can easily view the webpage and keep the device steady.

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Staybl’s browser makes it easier to surf the web in a more stable way.
Image: Staybl

Additionally, the app’s browser has other features that make using the iPad easier for those dealing with hand tremors. For example, it does away with swipe and slide gestures for navigation, larger buttons that are easier to press, and customizable settings to account for tremor symptoms that can vary throughout the day.

You can Download the free app from the App Storealthough currently it’s only compatible with iPads running iPadOS 14 or later.

Staybl is one of many solutions tech companies have developed over the years to help people dealing with hand tremors caused by Parkinson’s. Elevator goods, for example created an electric spoon to help those affected to eat more steadily. Its microchip and sensors can detect shocks that cause the spoon to move in the opposite direction, thus canceling out the movements.

Apple may also be investigating how to stabilize an iPhone’s display if the hands of the mobile device user are shaking. a patent application published by the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2019. It seems the tech giant has considered using dynamic image stabilization circuitry and motion sensors to counteract sudden movements, allowing the system to shift the screen content back to the center of the display in the event of shakes.

These are in addition to some existing features that Apple already offers – some of which the company has listed on the Accessibility section of its website – that might make using mobile devices a little easier for those dealing with hand tremors. For example, on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, and iPod Touch, Apple offers a Heading Hold setting under Touch Adjustments Control. This allows users to set how long their fingerprint must touch the screen before the phone recognizes and processes it.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/13/23024029/staybl-ipads-hand-tremors-parkinsons-disease A new free app makes it easier for people with hand tremors to use the iPad

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