A Spoon That Helps Patients with Hand Tremors
the MPR take:
Liftware spoons are a new technology funded by Google to help patients with Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors to eat without spilling their food. The spoon is being developed by Lift Labs, a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded startup company. The technology in the spoon is able to sense the hand tremor and make adjustments so that the spoon stays balanced in a person’s hand. The device, which also has a fork attachment, was able to reduce shaking of the spoon by 76% in clinical trials. It can also decipher between the motion of a hand tremor and other types of motion so that it only responds to the tremor. The Liftware Stabilizer with Soup Spoon Attachment is currently being sold on the Lift Labs website for $295.
Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.