Smart Spoon for Hand Tremor and Parkinson’s Sufferers
If you never thought utensils could change your life, then think again! These smart utensils by Liftware have stabilizing and leveling handles and attachments that are designed to help people with hand tremors or limited hand/arm mobility eat more comfortably and without dropping or spilling food. Liftware is ideal for those with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, Huntington’s or Parkinson’s disease, or post-stroke deficits as it helps maintain their dignity, confidence, and independence. Liftware’s models include the Liftware Steady and the Liftware Level.
The Liftware Steady has an electronic stabilizing handle that’s designed to help people with hand tremors, which may be related to Parkinson’s disease. This essential tool comes with attachments that include a soup spoon, an everyday spoon, a fork, and a spork. It can adapt to your hand tremor and electronically stabilizes, so the attached utensil shakes 70% less than your hand. Liftware Steady’s smart stabilizing handle contains sensors that detect hand motion. Additionally, it’s equipped with a small computer that distinguishes an unwanted tremor from the intended movement of the hand. In order to accomplish this and stabilize the utensil, the computer counteracts the tremors. It does this by directing two motors in the handle to move the utensil attachment in the opposite direction of any detected tremor.
The Liftware Level has a computerized handle that keeps its attachments level for those with limited hand or arm mobility from cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, Huntington’s disease, or post-stroke deficits. This smart utensil adapts to your range of motion. It accomplishes this by using electronic motion-stabilizing technology to keep the utensil level, despite how your hand or arm twists, bends or moves. The leveling handle is equipped with sensors that detect changes from the intended movement of the hand in three dimensions. To level the utensil, the computer directs two motors in the handle to bend the flexible gray joint, maintaining the correct angle of the attachment. It can also be used as a soup spoon or fork. Both smart utensils have a rechargeable battery that lasts for at least one hour of continuous use (approximately 3 meals) on a single charge.
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