For those with disabilities that include uncontrolled hand or arm movements, simple tasks like eating can be a challenge. People with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke deficits may have a hard time using a spoon, especially when their bodies jerk unexpectedly causing them to spill their food.
However, a robotic spoon made by Liftware, a company that makes stabilizing utensil handles, is meant to empower users to feed themselves again—spill free. The spoon recognizes the position of the user’s hand at all times, and works to counteract unwanted movements.
Liftware Level, as the device is called, looks like a regular spoon, with a thick handle that’s easy to grasp. It has a strap that goes around the hand so it can’t be dropped. At the end of the handle, the spoon has a short, flexible, robotic component that constantly adjusts to the user’s movements to …