The EasyFork is a utensil that is easy to grip for people living with arthritis, complications from stroke, and other health challenges.
The EasyFork is Patent Pending.
Finally! A helpful fork for people living with arthritis.
80% less effort than any other utensil in the world.
For the more than 50 million Americans living with arthritis, holding a fork at meals is a source of pain, frustration, and often isolation and depression. I am a biomedical engineer and patent attorney. I have designed a fork that redefines the mechanics of eating to make it almost effortless.
I tried to buy an adaptive utensil for my grandmother, and walked away thinking that our elderly and disabled deserve better. My goal with the EasyFork and Rise Assistive Devices is to create tools that minimize the impact of disease on a person’s quality of life.
Adaptive utensils (utensils modified for people living with disorders that affect grip) haven’t changed much in 30 years and are little more than traditional forks pushed inside of a bicycle grip. While easier to grasp, these devices actually make eating more difficult because of how they position the fork in a user’s hand. Existing adaptive utensils require more than twice as much overall twisting, power and hand movement to bring food to the mouth than an ordinary fork.
That’s where the EasyFork is different.
Unlike existing adaptive utensils which require around 50 degrees of motion to scoop food and 80+ degrees of motion to skewer food, the EasyFork’s utensil is positioned so that a user never has to rotate his or her forearm or wrist more than 20 degrees from a neutral position. By keeping the hand within 20 degrees of neutral, the entire eating process happens in an arm position where users have the most strength and control.
Unlike existing adaptive utensils which require a clenched fist to hold and control, the heel of the EasyFork is shaped to fit snugly in the heal of the user’s hand. Because of this, it can be controlled confidently with just the palm or a single finger. If necessary, the EasyFork can comfortably be used with NO movement of the fingers or wrists!
The features that make the EasyFork uniquely helpful for arthritis also make it useful for other impairments that affect grip strength and stability. After a very successful demo, the national headquarters of United Cerebral Palsy will be featuring the EasyFork in its September Life Labs newsletter.
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Even if you are not affected by these conditions, you can still help a family who is. We really want to make in impact on the entire elderly and handicapped community. Simply check the “Make mine a gift” box and we’ll donate it to an elderly person in need.
About Rise Assistive Devices LLC
Vadim Gordin is a patent attorney and biomedical engineer. He has designed a family of assistive devices for people living with arthritis and other impairments. The overall goal of these is to minimize the impact that diseases have on a person’s quality of life. The first of these is the EasyFork, which is Patent Pending.
Thomas Butler is a biomedical engineer who graduated from WPI May 2013. He has been working with Rise since he graduated helping get this assistive device off the ground.
- $5 Perk - Thank you for supporting our project, your name will appear on our website saying thanks.
- $22 EasyFork (Batch 1) Limited 500 - You will receive your EasyFork in January 2014.
- $22 EasyFork (Batch 2) Limited 500 - You will receive your EasyFork in Feburary 2014.
- $45 EasyFork 2 Pack - Two EasyForks
- $65 Perk Limited 50 -You will have the Perk level of the $22 Perk (Batch 1). You will also receive a 3D printed version of the EasyFork as (seen below) on successful completion of this Indiegogo Campaign.
The EasyFork will be made of hypoallergenic materials. The fork will be made of Type 304 stainless steel refered to as "surgical" stainless steel. The handle will be made from a textured PVC similar to what is used on professional chef's knives.
These are images of the 3d printed EasyFork Prototype. The final product will be made from hypoallergenic and dishwasher safe stainless steel and silicone (more details in Materials Section).
This is a 3D printed EasyFork.
An EasyFork 3D printed prototype coated in a soft grip plastic to simulate silicone.
If a user can hang the handle between their thumb and forefinger, then only a small amount of compression is required to securely grip the EasyFork.
The Easy Fork is used to scoop food.
After 30 years, the most adaptive utensils are just traditional forks pushed inside of a bicycle grip. While easier to hold, they actually require more effort and movement to bring food from a plate to a user's mouth.
Rise will be working with a US based production sourcing company with more than 20 years of experience with manufacturing, import, and quality control.
We have developed and prototyped the device. We also have received quotes on our part from several suppliers.
Rise doesn't stop with the EasyFork. We've designed a family of assistive devices which we will sell as they become available. Our goal is to create products that minimize the impact of physical impairments on quality of life.
What will happen to my money if the goal isn't reached?
You will only be charged if we are able to secure more than $9,500 of pledges before the close of the campaign. If we fail to reach our goal, your card will not be charged.
Is the fork only for right handed people?
For now, yes. We built several prototypes that were ambidextrous, but decided that it was more important not to compromise the design. We have left-handed and pediatric designs ready for production and plan to introduce them later if funding allows.
What ages is the EasyFork intended for?
The EasyFork has been sized per accepted human factors statistics to be usable for people aged 10+.