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HandSteady Mug Makes Drinking Easier For Disabled And Elderly People

October 24, 2012

An article by Chris Peacock to promote his invention. Thanks to Chris.


 

handSteady – the answer for people who struggle with standard cups

 

handSteady is an innovative cup that makes drinking more comfortable for the 1 in 6 of the population who have a health condition. The unique Rotatable Handle removes the need to twist your wrist, raise your elbow or lean your head back as far; as it stays upright using gravity, tilts easily and keeps steady despite tremor.

Inventor Chris Peacock says, “I designed handSteady because a close family member was diagnosed with a long-term health condition. I could see how this would one day make drinking with a cup difficult and unsafe. I knew as a designer I had to come up with an answer.”

Chris developed handSteady with 35 health professionals and 72 people with various health conditions at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neuroscience, Parkinson’s UK, National Tremor Foundation, Suttonand Croydon MS Centre and Nightingale Nursing Home. Diane Patient from Stevenage has MS and says, I have weakness down my left hand side & my hands can be shaky. handSteady is extremely light, easy to use & comfortable. I love it & use it all the time.”

It was at IBM where Chris was first taken seriously as an inventor. He then went to the Royal College of Art to do a 2 years Masters in Industrial Design Engineering to develop my skills as a new product designer. Guys and St Thomas’ Charity are backing the project and it’s being produced in West Sussex, Britain, by a precision manufacturing company that ensure the product meets ISO9001 standards.

 

Guys and St Thomas’ Charity made a commercial investment in handSteady to make it a reality. The Charity supports medical innovations in Lambeth and Southwark which have the potential for commercialisation across the UK and more widely. Michael Wright of Guys and St Thomas’ Charity said, “We are delighted to have supported the development of handSteady, which is such a simple idea that  promises to radically improve the quality of life of people living with a health condition.”

The best way to understand the benefits of handSteady is to see a video demonstration of it on the product’s website: www.handsteady.com.

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