A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors
May 13, 2014
1 million Americans struggle with the tremors of Parkinson’s disease.
There are also as many as 10 million Americans who have a disorder called essential tremor which, when severe, also can make eating a struggle.
“There’s a little motion sensor right near the spoon,” Pathak explains. “If I had tremor, it’s going to move opposite to what the shaking is doing. So, if I move to the left, it’ll physically move the spoon to the right.”
And that cancels out the tremor as the spoon moves from plate to mouth. In a clinical trial, the Liftware spoon canceled out more than 70 percent of a user’s tremor.