Innovative drinking aid helps patients with hand tremors
Inspired by triaxial stabilisers for mobile phones and cameras, a team of occupational therapy students created a drinking aid “Cupensator” to help the sufferers of Parkinson’s disease better handle a drinking cup by reducing unwanted oscillations caused by hand tremors. This assistive tool is made up of three 3D printed plastic rings and a pair of bearing system to minimise oscillations and help patients gain a firm grip on cups. It can even be attached to walking frames, wheelchairs and car seats for use.
This innovation has won a Silver Award (Design category) at the 12th Global Student Innovation Challenge for Assistive Technology and was named 1st runner-up at the 3rd Fourier Cup Chinese Rehabilitation Innovation Competition. Congratulations to the winning team comprising Dino Lee Leung-pong, Matthew Lo Cheuk-long, Afifah Har Wing-yiu and Sammi Tsang Sheung-man!
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