Rheumatoid arthritis is no joke, especially when the person suffering from it likes to work with their hands. Seeing how arthritis sufferers toiled in the kitchen, inventor/designer Ching Hao Hsu came up with a super-simple device so that these same people can lift pots and pans.
Dubbed the Arthritis Handle, Hsu’s creation already got shortlisted for a Dyson award this year and will be fielded again in another design competition for kitchen stuff.
The Arthritis Handle got the detailed treatment son its Design Awards page. Here’s a good chunk of text describing what it’s capable of:
Arthritis Handle is available in different colours in order to address the aesthetically pleasing within the kitchen context and it is designed to fit from 10%tile female users’ to 90%tile male users’ forearm. The Arthritis Handle will be made by recyclable TPE (thermoplastic elastomers) which consumes less energy for manufacturing and it is used widely in today’s home appliances.
The Arthritis Handle is an innovative product which reduces the physical requirement of lifting utensils during the cooking process for people with hands affected by RA, as well as provides adequate heat protection for the user to lift up the cooking utensil which contains hot food. In-depth user testing has been undertaken and shown that the Arthritis Handle has solved the lifting problem at the satisfied level.
Since its inventor is still pursuing his lighting engineering masters and is a preoccupied man besides, there’s now word if the Arthritis handle will reach stores anytime this year.