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10 June 2013

handSteady – the answer for people who struggle with standard cups

handSteady is an innovative drinking aid that makes drinking more comfortable for the 1 in 6 of the population who have a health condition. It is the world’s first cup with a rotatable handle and this enables people to drink in highly stable positions without needing to twist their wrist, raise their elbow or lean their head back as far.

I designed handSteady because a close family member was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. I could see him struggle to hold a cup steady and how finding standard cups difficult to use was making drinking unsafe and could one day really affect his social life. As a designer I knew I had to come up with an answer.

So I developed handSteady with 35 health professionals and 72 people with various health conditions. Diane Patent from Stevenage said, “I have weakness down my left hand side & my hands can be shaky. handSteady is extremely light, easy to use & comfortable. I love it & use it all the time.”

It was at IBM where I was first taken seriously as an inventor. I then went to the Royal College of Art to do a 2 years Masters in Industrial Design Engineering to develop my skills as a designer.
Guys and St Thomas’ Charity are backing the project and it’s made in Britain, by a precision manufacturing company that ensure the product meets ISO9001 standards.

handSteady can be ordered for a 30 day trial from

More information:
1. I’m available for interviews at 078 9420 7980 / and can do Simulrec. I have 4 users available for interviews as case-studies. Online press kit available at:

2. Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity contact Brianna Elms, Head of Communications on 0207 1881218 or 07722 119157 or  or visit
3. handSteady helps people with Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Essential Tremor, Parkinson’s Disease and Post-Polio Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke Survivors.

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