The Liftware Steady was invented to counteract unintentional movements experienced by individuals with essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease. With its attachments—a soup spoon, everyday spoon, fork, and spork—the invention helps users to move more steadily with their utensils, making mealtime a more enjoyable and hopefully spill-free experience.
Liftware’s story began in 2010 when engineer and Lift Labs founder Anupam Pathak recognized the potential of making assistive utensils by adapting the stabilization technologies used to steady weapons for soldiers in combat.
Combining advanced algorithms, a motion sensor, and an onboard computer, Liftware differentiates tremors and intentional movements, producing counteractive motions that can reduce shaking by up to 70%.
This animation by Studio Desk for The Victoria and Albert Museum’s V&A Innovate, features the Liftware Utensils found in the museum’s collection. From the V&A:
“The object is an example of an innovative design product that directly benefits the lives and well-being of its users. As millions live with essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease worldwide it has the potential to be life-changing for many…”
“The device contains a motion sensor and a small on-board computer that helps distinguish hand tremors from general hand movements. The device then directs two motors inside the base unit to move an attached utensil in the opposite direction of the tremor, which helps the user to more easily bring the utensil to their mouth without spillage. Liftware automatically turns on when the utensil is connected to the stabilising handle, and when placed face down it is put to sleep temporarily.”
The short is one in an animated series that focuses on innovation, sustainability and inclusive design, telling “the story behind different objects in the museum and how they were made, encouraging the audience to consider what they can create to positively impact the world.”
Previously from the series: MittiCool, the zero electricity terra cotta refrigerator.
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