Robo-Spoon Allows Disabled People to Eat With More Control

Robo-Spoon Allows Disabled People to Eat With More Control

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For people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease, or spinal chord injuries, simple tasks such as using silverware can be more difficult because of unsteady hands.

That’s why Liftware – a team of scientists dedicated to creating eating tools for people with special needs – created a robotic spoon that automatically corrects its level in accordance with the user’s hand position.

The Liftware Level, as its called, fastens around the user’s wrist with a flexible rubber strap. The handle contains motion sensors that balances out the level of the spoon so no matter how much someone’s wrist shakes, the food on the utensil is less likely to spill. The flatware attachments can be swapped out for forks or spoons, while the battery can last up to three meals before needing to be recharged.

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The team’s other products, such as the Liftware Steady, has been shown to reduce up to 70% of hand tremors in Parkinson’s patients. The contraption senses what movement is deliberate as opposed to involuntary – it then activates two tiny motors inside the handle to counteract the shaking so patients can eat without spilling.

If you’re not sure about whether Liftware is right for you, you can go to their frequently asked questions page or check out their products on Amazon.

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