London, UK (PRWEB UK) 8 January 2013
According to the National MS Society, Multiple Sclerosis is thought to affect more than 2.1 million people worldwide. Well known people like Jack Osbourne and Ann Romney have MS. The First Lady Michelle Obama’s late father also had Multiple Sclerosis.
Over time, MS can make activities of daily living such as drinking difficult due to muscle weakness.
Award winning British inventor Chris Peacock has created a new type of cup called “handSteady” that maintains independence and dignity for people with MS.
handSteady looks like an ordinary fine bone china cup, yet is much easier to hold as it’s light weight and has a large handle for up to four fingers.
Yet, the most unique thing about the handSteady cup is that it is the first ever cup with a rotatable handle.
This enables people with Multiple Sclerosis to hold the handSteady handle at any comfortable handle, and gravity will keep the cup upright – thus avoiding dangerous spillages.
This feature also enables people with MS to hold the weight of the drink with one hand, through the handle, and tilt it with the other to control the liquid flow.
Judi Brums with MS says, “I have got Multiple Sclerosis. It was diagnosed 20 years ago. And the control in my hand has got worse. Therefore, it makes me feel very self-conscious about spilling and about being in difficult situations socially.”
Talking about the handSteady innovation, Judi Brums continues, “Having a handSteady makes me feel much more confident; that I can get the drink and that I can use it without spilling it”.
Inventor Chris Peacock says, “Drinking is an important and essential activity of daily living. Yet ordinary cups are difficult for thousands of people with MS to use. I wanted to create a product that could help people with Multiple Sclerosis to feel more confident, independent and dignified when drinking.”
Peacock worked with health experts and people with MS to help design and refine his daily living aid. He says, “I have created handSteady to look like a normal cup yet operate like an advanced precision manufactured product. My research with people who have MS directly influenced the design of handSteady and the highly discrete lid accessory that comes with handSteady. “
handSteady is available to order from http://www.handsteady.com and comes with a 30 day trial and free worldwide shipping.
Chris Peacock can be contacted at chris.peacock(at)handsteady(dot)com and 0044-789-420-7980.
People with MS for case-studies / interviews are available on request.
To see a demonstration of handSteady being used by Judi Brums who has MS, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxrB_bzXsOs
More information on MS can be obtained from many places including http://www.nationalmssociety.org.
More information on handSteady can be found at http://www.handsteady.com.