In a world dominated by smart phones, smart watches and smart cars, it seems there are countless inventions being created to help make life easier. Still, even the most impressive smart technology can become inaccessible to those with limited physical mobility.
For people living with a physical disability, whether it be a spinal cord injury, stroke, Huntington's disease, or even mild to severe hand tremors, basic everyday tasks, such as eating, can be very difficult. That's why Verily Life Sciences is working to bring smart technology for those who need it most, in the form of kitchen utensils.
In 2013, Verily Life Sciences introduced the Liftware Steady (pictured left), a computerized handle, with basic utensil attachments, that contains sensors programmed to detect hand motion and stabilize unwanted tremors from the intended movement of the hand. This type of stabilization technology was designed to ease the frustration people living with tremors, and enable them to focus on their meal.
The company's newest product, The Liftware Level (pictured right), is a self-leveling handle which contains sensors that detect changes from the intended movement of the hand.
The Liftware Level includes a spoon and fork attachments designed to give individuals living with limited arm and hand movement the ability to hold a utensil — at any angle — and easily feed themselves.
Most importantly, both Liftware products are designed to allow people to regain confidence and focus on the most important parts of every meal — the food, and the people.
Inventions of this magnitude should be considered a breakthrough for those struggling with physical limitations. The Liftware Level is the world's first spill-proof smart utensil that analyzes a users hand and arm position, and counteracts the effects of hand tremors and other involuntary movements.
Introduced to the public on Dec. 1, 2016, The Liftware Level Starter Kit is now available for $195 on its website, and is expected to ship before the holidays.
In recognition of such a important step forward in assisting individuals with physical limitations, the Huntington Disease Society of America is donating 1,000 Liftware Level Starter Kits via its website, to those that apply.
This program is only is only intended for those affected by Huntington’s disease. Donations will be granted on a first come, first served basis.