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.