Drinking from a cup might not seem such a big deal. Be it tea, coffee or water, this action comes naturally to most of us. We might even have a favorite cup that we use again and again without actually paying attention to it or the action itself. However, the simple act of drinking can be difficult for others. For people with degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’ s this is a challenge.
An 11 year old girl decided she would not stand and watch her grandfather suffer. Instead, the child created an unbreakable, spill-proof cup for the man suffering from Parkinson’s disease. This cup was named the Kangaroo Cup. It puts control back in the hands of people suffering from degenerative diseases. Moreover, they will not have to rely on others for the simple act of drinking.
A ceramic version of the Kangaroo cup was first launched on Kickstarter in 2012. At that time it raised enough money for mass production. The new version replaced the fragile ceramic with break-resistant, BPA-free plastic.
The spill-proof cup’s design has three handles. These handles provide extra stability on uneven surfaces. Moreover, the cups also allow stacking. Due to its handles, the user can grasp the cup with two hands instead of just one and keep it steady.
Talking about her invention, Lily Born, the designer of the Kangaroo cup said: “Don’t freak out if you screw up or fail, because you’ll fail a lot before you get it right. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. No matter how good your idea is, there are lots of things that grownups will have to help you with. Most of the time they are excited to help you, unless it’s something really expensive!”
The cup isn’t just for people suffering from Parkinson’s and other degenerative disease. It can also be used by children and people with poor eye to hand coordination. A set of four cups costs $25. Would you buy the Kangaroo cup?
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