Google-Owned Lift Labs Creates Self-Stabilizing Spoon for Tremor Sufferers
Lift Labs, a technology company newly acquired by Google, is the team behind a revolutionary adaptation to the spoon that allows people who suffer from tremors to eat more comfortably and without spilling.
Sufferers of neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, as well as those affected by hereditary or essential tremors, number in the millions worldwide, and the simple task of eating can be made nearly impossible when the tremors, which often worsen with age, set in.
The technology behind Liftware spoons uses hundreds of algorithms to “sense how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay balanced,” according to The Associated Press. Clinical trials with the Liftware spoon have seen a reduction in shaking of the spoon by an average of 76 percent.
Liftware spoons are $295 apiece. Multiple attachments are currently in development.
Lift Lab founder Anupam Pathak said that the team is working to add sensors to the spoons to help medical researchers better understand and measure the tremors, and perhaps come closer to alleviating tremors altogether.
Watch below to see how to Liftware spoon works for a woman who suffers from severe tremors, and be prepared to get emotional:
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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.