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Man creates a device with stabilising technology to help disabled people eating

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-08-19 10:44

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After seeing the experiences of friends and family, Anupam started working on something that would help with tremors and eating.

The devices rely on a technique that uses active cancellation hardware, which is currently used in noise-cancelling headphones. Anupam figured out how to make active cancellation hardware small enough to fit within the tremor-cancelling spoon. The utensil stops the bowl of the spoon from moving even while the handle itself may be trembling, which lets users can eat without spilling.

“Liftware Steady electronically stabilizes so the attached utensil shakes 70%* less than your hand”, says on the official website.

The entrepreneur discovered that today’s tremor-assistive devices usually attempt to cancel movement and for that reason are big, bulky, and inconvenient. “You don’t want to use things like that in public and they don’t even work that well at home. Our idea was not to stop the hand from shaking but to cancel its movement. That way, we can make our device really small, the size of an electric toothbrush, and you can use it every day.”

Liftware was founded in 2010 and was acquired by Verily, Alphabet Inc.’s life sciences research division, in 2014.

The company now produces and sell two gadgets: Liftware Steady, a device that was designed to help people with unintentional hand tremor and Liftware Level, a device designed for people with limited upper-extremity mobility.

These products can be bought online from 34,95 USD.

Adapted from: https://bit.ly/2Z1g8ZA
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More info: https://www.liftware.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNwfXeLlqsU

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About the author

Anupam Pathak, PhD, lives in the USA and is the CEO and founder of LiftWare, a company that develops utensils that stabilise tremors to allow people suffering from essential tremor and Parkinson's disease to eat comfortably again. He created these devices after seeing how people with disabilities had a hard time to feed themselves.

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