There are, of course, any number of things on the market where when you look at them, you immediately picture the “shut up and take my money” guy. This is not one of them. This, I am probably going to buy for my dad for Christmas, even though it is a little spendy.

My dad has Parkinson’s Disease, and he’s pretty far along in it. A good friend has MS, and while he’s considerably better off than many people with the disease, I’ve seen his hands shake on more than one occasion. The hell of both diseases is how it robs them of their motor functions. Simple things we all take for granted, like sipping from a cup, become a major production. At some point, you have to seriously consider going back to the sippy cups one normally gives toddlers. And then along comes handSteady, and suddenly they get to be grownups again while still being helped. I love that.

handSteady is a cup, obviously. What makes it different from other cups is that it features Rotatable Handle (TM) technology. It operates in a similar way as a SteadiCam, where surrounding vibrations, movement, shaking, whatever becomes almost irrelevant. The cup itself stays steady no matter what the hand holding the handle is doing. If you’ve spent any amount of time with someone who suffers from Parkinson’s, then you know how incredible that is.

If that’s all there was, it would be fabulous enough. But it also has a Double Arc (TM) handle design, which has room for up to four fingers. Again, if you’ve been there, you know how valuable that is. In addition, it has Curved Rim (TM) technology, which is not only comfortable for the lips placed against it, but helps avoid drip stains forming, as well as guiding the liquid toward the center of the mouth. The more I read, the more I actually get choked up a little. Seriously. Again…if you’ve spent time with anyone with Parkinson’s, you know. If you haven’t, count your blessings.

You also get an Anti-Slip Base (TM), which not only allows the cup to grip whatever surface you put it on, but absorbs the sound of the cup being dropped to the surface. It also has a Hidden Lid (TM), which is just below the surface of the cup so others around cannot see it, but features a drink hole to make sure liquid doesn’t spill out the sides if the cup is tipped too far, or splash out if the tremors get too bad while drinking. The cup itself is dishwasher-safe, can be matched to existing china patterns, and holds 8 ounces (250ml).

As I said, this is a bit spendy. But I honestly got teary-eyed while writing this, because I’m picturing my dad being able to drink his tea from a cup again, without feeling like a burden or having to drink out of what is obviously a special cup to accommodate him. For that, a price tag of 39.99 (about $64.00 US) including free worldwide delivery and a 12-month warranty seems like nothing.

Source: Gizmag

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