Recently, Stanford Center on Longevity organized a design challenge inviting people to submit new product ideas that can improve and help extend the lives of the elderly. The winners have just been announced, and the grand prize went to Sha Yao from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for her EatWell bowls, cups, and eating utensils that are designed to help people with Alzheimer’s have a better dining experience.
The bowls are colored blue to add a visual contrast with the food within and their bottoms are slanted so the food naturally gathers together. The cups are bottom heavy to prevent spillage and the utensils have wide, angled handles for an improved grip. It looks like there are even slots with rubber grips to hold the spoons clearly in front of the person.
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The second place prize of $5,000 went to “Taste+,” a National University of Singapore student project involving a spoon that electrically stimulates the taste buds to promote better eating for those with diminished taste sensations.
The $2,000 third place award was given for “Memory Maps,” a system that allows a person with early-stage cognitive issues to record memories attached to real-world locations. The device was developed by students at the Copenhagen Institute of Design.