Liftware's stabilizing handle and selection of attachments are designed to help people with hand tremors (which may be related to Parkinson's Disease or essential tremor) retain dignity, confidence, and independence. Liftware Steady electronically stabilizes so the attached utensil shakes 70% less than your hand. Worry less about spilling and focus on enjoying your meal. The stabilizing handle contains sensors that detect hand motion and a small onboard computer that distinguishes unwanted tremor from the intended movement of the hand. To stabilize the utensil, the computer directs two motors in the handle to move the utensil attachment in the opposite direction of any detected tremor. The Liftware Steady Starter Kit includes the stabilizing handle, charging system, travel pouch, and the soup spoon attachment.
How effective is Liftware Steady?
Liftware Steady has been shown to be effective in an eleven-patient clinical study. During the study, eleven subjects with essential tremor performed three tasks — holding, eating, and transferring objects. When the technology used in Liftware Steady was turned on, tremor amplitude was reduced by an average of 72% in the holding task, 76% in the eating task, and 71% in the transferring task. These statistically significant results suggest that Steady is likely to make eating easier for people with hand tremors.
The study was peer-reviewed and published:
"A noninvasive handheld assistive device to accommodate essential tremor." Pathak, et al. Movement Disorders, vol 29:6 (May 2014).
However, please note that Liftware Steady may not be for everyone, and works most effectively for people with mild to moderate (between 4 and 12 Hz) postural, intentional tremor in the upper limbs.
Is Liftware Steady safe to use?
The stabilizing handle and utensil attachments contain small magnets similar in strength to ordinary household magnets. If you have a cardiac pacemaker or other implantable medical electronic device, follow your device’s directions for use regarding magnets. The standard recommendation is to keep your implantable device at least 6 inches from Liftware Steady because it contains small magnets. If you have concerns about your implantable device, consult your healthcare provider.
There are no other known risks associated with the use of Liftware Steady. There are also no contraindications for people using medications to treat their tremor, or for people who have undergone Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery.