Showing people what it feels like to be sick could scare them into healthy behavior today

Imagine giving teen smokers the feeling of having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a debilitating disease that results in trouble breathing and a persistent cough.

That might seem like the stuff of science fiction, “Black Mirror” even, but a group of engineers and designers in Toronto are building technology to give perfectly healthy people the feeling of having a disease.

The group, known as Klick Health, recently unveiled their first device to simulate the tremors that are commonly associated with Parkinson’s Disease. I tried it out for myself at a medical conference earlier this week, and was deeply moved by the experience. My shaking hands prevented me from writing my own name or eating from a spoon.

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