SAN DIEGO, September 16, 2014 — Sharing a meal or dining at a restaurant is a common form of social engagement and a pleasurable experience for most.
But for those stricken by Parkinson’s and other types of neurological diseases, resulting essential tremors can greatly impair functional ability.
The simple act of using an everyday spoon or fork while eating can become nearly impossible to do and can create a traumatic dining experience.
A creatively designed smart spoon, created by Lift Labs as part of Lynx Design, is on the cutting edge of new technology which promises to revolutionize functional impairment.
Its pleasant, simple spoon-like design is portable and easily transported to a variety of social circumstances which involve eating.
Equipped inside with a computer, smart spoon sensors are able to detect and offset upper body tremors, significantly reducing their negative impairment through the ability to stabilize motion.
According to Anupaum Pathak, Ph.D., P.E., in www.essentialtremor.org, “We often see people spilling food everywhere with a regular spoon, but with Liftware, people are able to bring food from the plate to their mouth successfully and with ease.”
A simple and non-invasive device, Liftware is rechargeable in a fashion similar to an electric toothbrush.
The smart spoon by Liftware is intended primarily for those suffering from mild to moderate upper limb tremors which cause difficulty while eating.
Liftware could revolutionize care for those with neurological disorders, enabling greater independence, self-esteem, social engagement and overall quality of life.
Developments are in the works for drinking, personal grooming and other devices which could greatly assist those with functional impairments caused by essential tremors as a result of neurological diseases.
Lift Labs was recently acquired by Google, and the Google spokesperson stated in zdnet.com that: “We’re also going to explore how their technology could be used in other ways to improve the understanding and management of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor.”
It is believed by some that one of the Google co-founders has a family member who is stricken with Parkinson’s disease.
Liftware has the potential to provide hope and significant relief to millions suffering from Parkinson’s disease and other forms of neurological diseases which create disabling essential tremors and severe functional impairment.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.
In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.
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