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Friday, 5 February, 2016

S’up Spoon For Shaky Hands – By Grant Douglas

I don’t let having cerebral palsy get in my way. I have a degree in computer science and two jobs; I live independently and enjoy spending time with my friends. However, one thing has bothered me, I struggle to eat cereal or soup! I looked on the internet and although I tried a few things, nothing worked for me. Then I had the eureka moment; I decided I needed a spoon with a lid! A few weeks later a friend introduced me to 4c Design, a product design consultancy based in Glasgow. 4c agreed to take on my project and they assigned it to their graduate industrial designer, Mark. I couldn’t believe it, my idea was actually being taken seriously.

Mark & I looked at what was feasible; we built prototypes and soon decided anything with mechanical buttons was too cumbersome. I wanted the spoon to be discreet enough to use in a restaurant without other diners staring at this novel piece of cutlery. Two days before Christmas, I visited 4c Design and they gave me two prototypes of what has now become the S’up spoon.

Since that early prototype we’ve worked hard refining the design to make it ambidextrous, food safe and dishwasher proof. Realising the difference the spoon has made to me, we built a new company (S’up Products) and we’re delighted the S’up spoon is now available to anyone who could benefit from it.


To check out the S’up spoon go to www.sup-products.com

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