Special Pen Improves Handwriting in Parkinson’s Patients

The ARC pen by Dopa Solutions helps Parkinson’s patients with micrographia write normally by clarifying their handwriting even when motor control has been compromised by the disease.

Parkinson’s disease affects the nervous system, slowly eroding motor control until the patient shakes visibly most of the time and has extremely limited fine motor control. Although medications exist that can mitigate the symptoms, the condition is incurable.

Micrographia is a common symptom that follows the confirmation of Parkinson’s. As motor control is lost, handwriting becomes smaller until the words are no more than a small, straight line. The Parkinson’s tremors can also make it painful to attempt to hold and control the pen.

The ARC pen contains several small, high-frequency vibration motors that act counter to the hand tremors both clarifying handwriting and relieving pain.

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