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    A new spoon has been developed to help people with Parkinson's to have a firmer grip when eating their food.

    People that suffer with Parkinson's disease can often find themselves struggling with controlling their body movements, resulting in shaking. Lift Labs have develop a new spoon which will help people that suffer with hand tremors have more control over their eating.

    Starting with a spoon, hopefully developing knife and fork attachments soon, the device is aimed to counteract movements of a wavering grip, reducing the shaking by 70%.

    Sara Hendren, artist and researcher who runs Abler (a site devoted to adapting technologies and prosthetics) likened the Lift Ware spoon to an “edit” of familiar flatware. Writing to the Atlantic Ms Hendren, says “This kind of ‘edit' extends self-feeding for its user and maintain that kind of autonomy can be very significant to one's own self-perception and the perceptions of others. After all, the experience of change in a person's ability is registered as much in these qualitative ways as it is in hearing the results of lab tests.”

    Ms Hendren later goes on to say that “this example of the spoon might yield further consideration of cutlery altogether.”

     

    September 26, 2013 by Laura Matthews Categories: Future For Support

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