For individuals who suffer from hand tremors, Google has a product offering that will help them consume food more easily. Known as the Liftware Level, this new eating utensil will help keep food items in the spoon, combating the most violent of tremors.
This spoon will help a multitude of people with disabilities including cerebral palsy, Huntington's disease, and Parkinson's disease, keep their food level while eating.
In all appearances, this has similar balance principles to the Steadicam used by major film production companies.
Both creations are designed to keep something steady that isn't easily supposed to be kept steady.
Users can avoid spilling their food by actively counterbalancing their movements and contorting the spoon's structure. This way their spoon never tips over.
The device is available as part of a starter pack for $195 that includes additional fork and spoon attachments.
Lift Labs isn't stopping at the Level, they have also developed an iOS and Android app called Lift Pulse which records motion data from hand tremor's utilizing your phone's built-in accelerometer sensor.
This comes at a time when robotic technologies of all sorts are emerging into viable creations for disabled individuals throughout society. Obi, a robotic arm allowing people with physical disabilities to feed themselves, is simple to use and works so fluidly that it draws little attention.
It's been a work in progress since 2006, but the device is now starting to pay dividends. It was developed by a University of Dayton engineering graduate student named Jon Dekar, who has put over 15,000 hours of testing into it to this date.
At $4,500 the robot comes with a bunch of useful features: two interchangeable spoons, a customized plate with four different bowls, and a place mat.
Obi is geared for users with just about any type of disability or accessibility issue. Dekar says, "We make sure that there's an accessibility switch on the market that every customer can use to operate the machine... That can be wherever a person has mobility in their body: it doesn't matter if someone only has dexterity in their pinky finger, or all they can do is blink their eye."
Inventions aimed at helping disabled individuals seem to be improving exponentially over the past few years, especially when mega-companies like Google decide to get involved with financial backing.
In the case of Obi, they have yet to find someone who has not been able to use their equipment. That is a beautiful thing.