She was a good and passionate graphic designer until she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

As a graphic designer, Emma Lawton 29 narrated that drawing was a huge part of her life but over the past three years the tremor in her hands has grown more pronounced stopping her from writing and drawing straight lines.


That was her story until Haiyan Zhang and her invention that is changing Emma’s life.




Haiyan eventually creates a bespoke watch-like device and app to help Emma’s ability to draw and write by producing small vibrations. They refer to it as ‘the Emma’


Emma said of the invention: ‘I have no idea how it works, but it makes my writing legible [rather than] illegible. [My drawing] is never going to be a perfect straight line but it’s better’

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