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This Shake-Resistant, Smart Spoon Is Completely Spill-Proof

In a world dominated by smart phones, smart watches and smart cars, it seems there are countless inventions being created to help make life easier. Still, even the most impressive smart technology can become inaccessible to those with limited physical mobility.

For people living with a physical disability, whether it be a spinal cord injury, stroke, Huntington’s disease, or even mild to severe hand tremors, basic everyday tasks, such as eating, can be very difficult. That’s why Verily Life Sciences is working to bring smart technology for those who need it most, in the form of kitchen utensils.

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In 2013, Verily Life Sciences introduced the Liftware Steady (pictured left), a computerized handle, with basic utensil attachments, that contains sensors programmed to detect hand motion and stabilize unwanted tremors from the intended movement of the hand. This type of stabilization technology was designed to ease the frustration people living with tremors, and enable them to focus on their meal.

The company’s newest product, The Liftware Level (pictured right), is a self-leveling handle which contains sensors that detect changes from the intended movement of the hand.

The Liftware Level includes a spoon and fork attachments designed to give individuals living with limited arm and hand movement the ability to hold a utensil — at any angle —  and easily feed themselves.

Most importantly, both Liftware products are designed to allow people to regain confidence and focus on the most important parts of every meal — the food, and the people.

Inventions of this magnitude should be considered a breakthrough for those struggling with physical limitations. The Liftware Level is the world’s first spill-proof smart utensil that analyzes a users hand and arm position, and counteracts the effects of hand tremors and other involuntary movements.

Introduced to the public on Dec. 1, 2016, The Liftware Level Starter Kit is now available for $195 on its website, and is expected to ship before the holidays.

In recognition of such a important step forward in assisting individuals with physical limitations,  the Huntington Disease Society of America is donating 1,000 Liftware Level Starter Kits via its website, to those that apply.

This program is only is only intended for those affected by Huntington’s disease. Donations will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

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Kid Spends A Year Trying To Throw A Spoon In A Coffee Mug, Documents EVERYTHING [WATCH]

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They say if you want something bad enough, keep working towards it until you get it. Such was the case with this kid Niall Brady on Snapchat. Nearly a year ago, he started snapping himself attempting to toss a spoon into a coffee mug with his back turned.

It was nearly a year of failed attempts.

Finally, Brady finally nails the toss. As you can see, he’s more than excited. Check out the video for all of his near successes and many misses.

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This Simple Spoon Will Make Drinking Tea A Lot Healthier

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Sure, tea goes great with sugar. However, after a few years, those spoonfuls of sugar will add up. That’s when you’ll look back and wish you cut back on that sweet white substance.

BZA is selling these Sugar Skull Spoons that are perfect for hot beverages like tea or coffee. Its unique and haunting design allows anyone looking to cut back on sugar to do so when they add a spoonful to their drink.

Sure, sugar addicts will probably just go back for more. Those who are looking to make a change, however, may enjoy the skeletal design as they ween themselves off the sweet stuff.

The spoon can be purchased here for about $23.40 US.

h/t DesignTaxi

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This Spoon Has a Built-In Toothpick to Get That Pesky Soup out of Your Teeth

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We certainly love a good food mashup, and it looks like the trend is evolving into food utensils.

This plastic spoon conveniently has a toothpick built in. Or if you’re a bigger fan of toothpicks, that plastic toothpick has a spoon attached to it.

It would seem this concept would be more effective with a fork, or even a spork, because there aren’t too many occasions where you have to bust out a toothpick for spooned foods. I guess there’s the occasional chicken noodle soup that causes problems for some people, so there you go.

To each their own. It’s at the very least useful in prison. Probably.

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Skull-Shaped Spoon is a Macabre Way to Count Calories

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Skull-shaped Pancakes? Sure. Skull-shaped eggs? Definitely. Skull-shaped spoon? Take. My. Money. Right. Now.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the utensil that finally has me pulling out my wallet is here. I present to you, the Sugar Skull Spoon. Created by design company Hundred Million, this morbid item on Kickstarter is meant to “gently remind you sugar is evil each time you make a tea or coffee.” Not to mention that it trumps all the other boring spoons in your kitchen.

Despite the holes for the skull’s eyes and nose, the spoon’s concave design allows you to take big scoops. This will no doubt cause your friends to be both impressed by your seeming defiance of physics and jealous for looking so damn stylish.

H/T+Picthx Cool Material

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Picnic Backpack Guarantees First Date Success

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s about damn time we stepped our first date game up. Dinner at your go-to Italian restaurant isn’t going to make her swoon and watching Fast and the Furious 273 isn’t going to make him tumble head over heels.

No, it’s time to take things to the next level with the Picnic Backpack.

The canvas pack comes decked out with plates, goblets, utensils, cloth napkins, and a cozy blanket for you and your date to cuddle under. There’s a detachable wine cooler on the side for pinot noir or some bubbly, plus a large insulated compartment to keep your food cool.

Of course, the impressive part comes in the attention to detail, as the backpack also includes salt and pepper shakers, a wooden cutting board and a corkscrew (which you know how elusive those can be).

So, next time you’re trying to impress, invite your date to a modern-day picnic. Break out the wine and cheese plates, then follow it up with a steak dinner while soaking in Mother Nature. Might as well do it proper the first time around.

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As you can see, we got ours personalized. Swag.

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Picnic Backpack, $80 @Red Envelope

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First Date Cutlery Supposedly Makes Dinner Less Awkward

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I don’t know about you, but I hate being fed by anyone except myself.  Got something tasty on your plate? I’m reaching over and snagging it, thankyouverymuch.  Luckily, I’ve been very fortunate in my dining (and dating) partners, and haven’t needed to slap anyone. Yet.  But I’ll tell you who I do want to slap: the inventor of First Date Cutlery.

First Date Cutlery is designed by Cristina Guardiola, who claims the set responds “directly to appropriate advice in Debrett’s Etiquette, enhancing the prospect of correct use and diminishing that of an unfortunate faux-pas.” This eliminates any concern for etiquette, and allows both parties to relax and “focus less on formality.”

Oh but wait. It gets better. Because if you manage to make it through dinner without your date running away, there’s the dessert spoon that’s “made for two people sharing one dish”. Barf.

FDC-Lady-Being-Fed…I’m pretty sure if I’m trying to figure out how to use my weird sideways spoon, I’m not relaxed or enjoying my date.  But maybe that’s just me?

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This Spoon Concept Uses Body Heat to Melt Ice Cream That is Frozen Solid

One of the worst things in the world, besides waiting patiently for your Hot Pocket to cool down after a microwave zap, is having to spoon your way into ice cream that has been frozen into a solid brick.

The design team at the Lemnos brand will not stand for such first world problems. Introducing the 15.0%, a series of spoons made out of solid aluminum and transfers the temperature of the hand holding the spoon to slowly melt the ice cream you’re digging into, making it easier to scoop out of that ice concrete cylinder that holds your dessert.

Design is what theoretically makes this product work the way it does. It utilizes the high thermal conductivity of aluminum coupled with the plump shape of the spoon that fits right into the palm of your hand. This design makes allows for the entire human palm, not just the fingertips, to wrap around the handle so you can protect your palm from any discomfort a traditional skinny handle would normally hit you with.

Kind of lucks like a plumpier version of spoons frozen yogurt locations have been using for some time now. Glad to see someone’s thinking about the ice cream eaters of the world.

[Via RocketNews24]