Hold Steady

Reader's Digest (India) - - Here & Now - Karolyne El­la­cott

Mak­ing drink­ing eas­ier for Parkin­son’s suf­fer­ers

Leave it to a Brit to make sure ev­ery­one can have a nice cup of tea. When in­ven­tor Chris Pea­cock wanted to help peo­ple with long-term health con­di­tions , he looked at the big pic­ture—and landed on tea time.

“Drink­ing is one of life’s sim­plest plea­sures,” says Pea­cock, “but many in­di­vid­u­als find or­di­nary cups dif­fi­cult to use.” With an eye to cre­at­ing a sim­ple ves­sel that would han­dle tremors, he played around with elec­tron­ics and mo­tion sen­sors be­fore re­al­iz­ing that grav­ity, in fact, was all he needed.

The first er­gonomic cup to fea­ture a ro­tat­able han­dle, handSteady can be tilted five dif­fer­ent ways. This al­lows some­one with mo­tor dif­fi­cul­ties to raise their arm to drink with­out hav­ing to lift their el­bow or bend their wrist. Also, Pea­cock ex­plains, “be­cause the han­dle can be held at any an­gle, you can use the cup in a way that your tremor is min­i­mal.”

The cup was orig­i­nally in­tended for Parkin­son’s suf­fer­ers, but it has broad ap­peal: peo­ple with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, arthri­tis and even those in phys­i­cal re­hab have ben­e­fited from it.

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