The culinary experience of going out to a restaurant can be difficult for people who suffer from tremors like the ones caused from Parkinson’s Disease. The experience can leave a person embarrassed and cause social isolation.
Liftware is a device designed to overcome the difficulties of dining out for sufferers of tremors. The device is an electronically stabilised handle with a spoon attachment on its end, which is cleverly designed to to cancel up to 70% of tremors once held. Future attachments will be produced to include other utensils including a fork, soup spoon and key holder. Liftware is battery operated so it can be quickly charged before heading out to a restaurant.
In a video on their website, intentional tremor sufferer Satoko explains that:
Since there are currently no cures for disorders like Essential Tremor or Parkinson’s Disease, it is important to see continual strides in design and innovation for people who suffer from these conditions to live there daily lives with ease. Liftware is designed by the team at Liftlabs, a group of scientists and engineers dedicated to creating technologies for these groups of people. Other products designed by Liftlabs include tremor monitoring application Lift Pulse, as well as Lift Stride, a smart phone application designed to help tremor sufferers regulate their walk or run.
Liftware can be directly purchased from their website or you can donate to LiftLabs to have a unit shipped to a recipient in need.