Life Labs who make the Liftware spoon which is designed to help people with Parkinson’s tremors had been bought out by Google of all people. Google and Apple both have been making baby steps in the medical market and this seems to be one of those steps.
Life Labs states on their blog: “We’re especially excited to work with the Google team to scale our operations and reach even more people who could benefit from using tremor-canceling devices”
Read the article at the Verge for details
Designers I-Ting Chan & Ting-Yin Yeh have created a complete tableware setting for people with cerebral palsy or other nerve control disorders. A lot of work is done in this area that relies on technology and gadgets rather than good design (sadly I’ve noted this more than once) and this set has a lot of good design.
The Benefeat spoon can be adjusted to any angle and has an ergonomically shaped silicon handle. The rest of the setting considers the angle of the bowl or plate, non-slip pads, anti-spill designs and the intent to allow the user easier access to the food to feed themselves.
If you check out our History & Trivia section you can see a diagram that shows the family tree of all utensils. The spork everyone seems to know, but the under appreciated knork is now an actual company that creates this combination of knife and fork. Both sides of the fork are sharpened to act as a knife. This is nice for both us left-handers and even more so for people with only one hand. There will be some issues where the food item you are trying to cut slides around the plate but you can’t solve all the worlds problems at once. Handy at picnics as well. They come in stainless steel with a nice black matte finish.
Knork Matte Knorks, Set of 4
I had blogged about this item in the past but the link went stale so it was lost. This type of cutlery item seems to get the most attention when I write about it. There are many people that are or have family members affected by strokes, Parkinson’s or even Alzheimer’s as well as other conditions that affect motor function. The Good Grips product has at least 6 ounces of weight in the large easy to grasp handle that provides stability required. The ambidextrous fork and spoon can be bent left or right depending on the user, this makes direction to the mouth easier. The bowl size and depth of the spoons reduces spilling and the knife is used in a rocking fashion making it require less strength. I’ve handled some of the fancy “auto stabilizing” utensils and the result is expensive and ineffective. These are priced right and dishwasher safe of course.
Good Grips Weighted Utensils Set of 4