A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Everyday, people all around the world, get ready for dinner with their families. They think of what they want to eat, they think of what stories to tell during meal time. They recall how their day went. The last thing on most of their minds are how to hold the very utensils they will need to eat using. For those of us suffering with limited dexterity, what is on our mind is HOW to feed ourselves. Without the ability to grip with your hand, it is very difficult to grab a spoon, fork, or knife. Sure there are a few products out there that have spoons or forks with straps or brackets built in to put around your hand, but they come with their drawbacks. They are large, not easily reusable, and expensive. That is not a way to eat. We offer an alternative!
This tool was made for people with dexterity issues. The sleek, ergonomic design works universally for different neurological, muscular and orthopedic conditions.
The tool works by slipping the rings of it onto your thumb and index finger. The user can slip a variety of forks and spoons into the gap between the fingers and easily release it with a light squeeze of the rings. This makes it a versatile tool that can be used with most forks, spoons and cutlery.
Our goal with this money will be to manufacture, pack and sell around 12,000 pieces to people in need of our tool. We are help as many people as possible, and at an inexpensive price point.
We plan to do multiple fundraising events during in the coming months to help us reach our goal. In addition, we'll also have some cool Level The Curve merchandise available for donors, such as caps and wristbands!
This money will help us start up our company, so any donations are appreciated!
"I love my Vesta! As a C5 quadriplegic, my hand function is extremely limited. Nine of my fingers are completely paralyzed... I was given a metal adaptive fork by my rehab hospital, but it is heavy on my hand and a little embarassing... In Contrast, the Vesta is light weight, inconspicuous, can easily travel with me anywhere, and adapts to any fork or spoon that I am using- so if I'm at a restaurant or at someone's house, I can use the same silverware and don't have to feel different. But the best thing is that I can slip it on my fingers, and use it, without assistance, which gives me a greater sense of independence." -- Gabrielle Broder, New York
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges for any company making products for people with disabilities is a lack of input from PWDs themselves!
Our products are co-designed by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. We understand the need for independence better than anyone else!