Aarrav Anil used his interest in robotics to create a smart spoon that could change the way people who have hand tremors eat.
The 17-year-old from Bengaluru in India said he was inspired to make the spoon after watching how hard it could be for his uncle, who has Parkinson’s disease, to eat. Anil has all sorts of gadgets and gizmos in his room, and he was able to use sensors, motors and a 3D printer to make a smart spoon prototype. The sensors “detect tremors on one side and activate movement on the other,” The Guardian explained, and this helps keep the spoon stable. The spoon will likely cost around $80, Anil said, which is less expensive than current options.
His prototype is currently being tested at a college of physiotherapy near his home.