CES Brief: A Smart Spoon from China for Parkinson’s Patients [Video]


I caught up with Kang Ren, CEO of Gyenno Technologies, a Chinese company that has engineered a smart spoon for Parkinson’s patients at the 2016 CES conference in Las Vegas. The spoon (and accompanying fork) are able to remain steady even in the face of severe hand tremors that might otherwise render eating impossible with ordinary utensils.


Watch this short video to see how it works:

There are a number of “Parkinson’s’ spoons” already on the market in the US, including the one made by Lift Labs, that was funded by the NIH and then acquired by Google.

Kang says the spoon and fork will be available on Amazon within the next week or so. It will sell for ~$300 (not covered by health insurance).


Other Gyenno products

Gyenno cupGyenno also makes other smart devices including the Gyenno Cup that includes a digital screen that displays weather, a calendar, the current time, and tips on how to drink fluids in a healthy way. The screen is made from Corning Gorilla Glass using an “anti-fingerprint process.”

They also make a smart watch—the Gyenno One—that, like many other smart watches, tracks activity and sleep. It also has a built-in alarm clock and personal reminder functions. One differentiator is that it charges via a wireless charger…is this one small step towards ridding out bedside tables of all of the cords charging our devices?

It will be interesting to see if Gyenno will be able to successfully compete in US markets.


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