EATWELL is an assistive tableware set for people with special needs. It's universal, user-centric design can benefit those with cognitive (such as Alzheimer's and other dementias), motor (Parkinson's disease, various scleroses), and physical (injury, infirmity) impairments.  After years of research and development, EATWELL won first place at the 2014 Stanford Design Challenge out of 52 teams in 15 countries, and was also named one of the 20 best inventions of 2016 by Time Magazine. 

 

 

There are over twenty unique features in every EATWELL set. Every design detail and decision can be traced back to a finding or discovery made during the four-year process. 

 

The major features are

  • high contrast colors helps users distinguish food from tableware and stimulate appetite.

  • specially curved spoons match the contours of the bowls to provide smoother, easier motions.

  • slanted bottom and deep chambers collect food at corners for easier scooping.

  • anti-tip design prevents accidents from tipping cups and mugs

 

 

This tableware design applied research conducted by Boston University help users distinguish food better by using bright colors. According to the study, colors help a person with dementia to reduce visual impairment and consume 24% more food and 84% more liquid. It’s the first time I realized that simple design can make big differences!

 

Therefore I chose blue to be the inner color since there is no food that comes in the color of blue. 

I also chose to use red and yellow to help stimulate their appetite.

 

The slanted bottom design can help users to gather food on one side without scooping.

 

 

The right angle side of the bowl is designed to help users collect food into the spoon more easily and also to prevent food from being accidentally scooped out of the bowl. 

The slanted bottom design can help users to gather food on one side without scooping.

 

 

Both spoon heads are designed to match the curvature of the bowls to pick up the food easier.  
One side matches the curvature of the wall while the other side matches the basin. 

Every product in the EATWELL set has anti-slippage material on the bottom to prevent slipping or sliding. 

To prevent the cups from tipping over, one cup has a rubber base that acts as a stabilizer.  

Another cup has a handle that extends to the tabletop for added support. The handle is also specifically designed to benefit users with arthritis.

We also design a tray that allows users to clip a bib onto the edge to help catch any dropped food and prevent clothing stains. 

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