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Technology with Personal and Immediate Impact
By: Cindy Wendland
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True innovation that solves a problem is exciting. For the people it benefits, it is thrilling and life changing. For those who learn of it, it is inspiring. Lift Labs designed Liftware, a spoon that shakes to counteract hand tremors.

A million people struggle with shaking from Parkinson’s Disease. Ten million people suffer from a disorder called essential tremor. A simple task that many of us take for granted — eating — is a struggle for these people. It is difficult to raise a spoon to the mouth without losing the contents when the spoon is shaking. For many of these people, they either don’t eat or are resigned to have someone feed them. That takes away their dignity and pride.

Engineer and inventor Anupam Pathak was working on stabilizing technology for the Army Research Laboratory when he realized the technology could boost the independence of people with severe tremor. After much research and testing, Liftware is available for $300. It uses sensors to detect the direction of the tremor and move the spoon the opposite direction to cancel out the tremor.

A rewarding Facebook post sums it up: “You guys are working on a fantastic use of technology for those of us who suffer from conditions causing tremors such as Parkinson's Disease, Essential Tremor and others.” The company is working on expanding their offerings to forks and keys to “stabilize the lives of people with tremors.” Now we need to get insurance to cover it and funders to help reduce costs.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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