A woman using the Handsteady cup

Disability Innovations: Simple solutions for unsteady hands

Disability Innovations is a blog series that gathers some of the most interesting new products and services that aim to make disabled people’s lives easier. We hope it will inspire more innovation in the disability field.

HandSteady

HandSteady is a cup designed especially for people with arthritis, tremors, muscle weakness or limited dexterity, to help reduce spills when drinking and increase independence.

The magic behind it is almost too simple… the HandSteady cup has a rotatable handle. The cup is the brainchild of Chris Peacock who came up with the idea after he noticed how difficult and often painful it proved for a family member who had tremors, to enjoy the British institution that is the cup of tea. This was down to the design of the traditional cup, made from heavy ceramic, with small fixed handles, which has to be held at a vertical angle to avoid spillages.

The HandSteady design

Chris’ new design aims to combat the difficulties associated with the traditional cup and was created alongside health experts and people with long-term physical conditions.

Made from lightweight plastic, the cup is much lighter than a standard cup and the rotating handle is designed to keep the cup upright, but also makes it much easier to tip the cup to drink, without the need to bend your wrist or lift your arm. It is designed to counteract any unwanted motion associated with a number of health conditions such as arthritis or tremors and to reduce the pain and effort required to drink, for less spills and more control.

For use on the go, there is also a hidden lid accessory which can be used as a travel cup or to hold a straw. Plus it makes it easier and requires less effort to drink when lying down as you can hold the mug at a comfortable side angle. It can even be used one handed giving users more independence to drink unaided.

The best bit is that it looks like your average cup made from bone china and nothing like a toddler’s sippy cup, but with all the added benefits and its dishwasher safe.

How does it work? (the technical bit!)

The cup’s handle can rotate a full 360 degrees and uses gravity to keep it upright, so the user can hold it at whatever angle is most comfortable for them, meaning even if your hand shakes, the cup doesn’t. The handle can be used upside down, which lowers the cup’s centre of gravity below the hand, giving it even greater stability. The oversized handle also spreads the pressure of the cup’s weight across the hand and is large enough to hold with all 4 fingers, making it easier to hold.

Where can I get my hands on one?

The cup is available to buy online for £40, including the lid, and comes with a 12 month warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee, if it doesn’t work for you. Chris is committed to lowering the price of the cup and having seen the impact it can have on people’s lives is working to make it readily available on the high street.

HandSteady have just launched a crowdfunding pre-order campaign where they are hoping to get enough backers to raise £10,000 and make a bulk order to reduce the price down to £15.

Why we like it

We love how simple this design is and that it does what it says on the tin! It’s a great reminder that innovation isn’t always about brand new technologies, and that the smallest of tweaks can have a huge impact and dramatically increase independence.

This product has incorporated both great engineering and great design and yet is still both practical and portable! We also really like how Chris is using crowdfunding as a way for people to pre-order cups to help drive the price down. That’s innovation fueling innovation right there!

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