Imagine that happened every time you ate. Your levels of frustration would hit boiling point.
This is a sad reality for people who suffer from motor, physical, or cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s disease or arthritis.
After watching her grandmother struggle to eat due to her Alzheimer’s, industrial designer, Sha Yao, spent years developing tableware, called Eat Well, that would make it easier for people who struggle with mobility.
According to Buzzfeed, Sha felt frustrated seeing her grandmother gradually lose the ability to take care of herself and that there was not much she could do to help. This is a common feeling amongst caregivers.
It eventually inspired her to create Eat Well tableware. The brightly coloured tableware is designed minimise food spillage, and are tiled and curved to help make scooping up food easier. The cups are tilt proof thanks to handles, suction and straw securing lids.
According to the Eat Well website, the tableware has 20 unique features and every design detail had been done in accordance to a finding or discovery that makes eating easier. This process took 4 years.
Her design is so effective, it even won first place at the 2014 Stanford Design Challenge. To see what makes Eat Well so effective, check out this video Sha made about the tableware.