“Eating is something we usually take for granted,” writes the industrial designer Jexter Lim. “However, for the blind, simple tasks like eating and drinking can be extremely challenging.
Blind people are often unable to measure the amount of food collected with a spoon, and a lot of uneaten food is usually left scattered around the plate. Pouring water, or finding cutlery dropped in a hot soup are bad experiences for those who have no vision. This is why his adaptive crockery was born. This is why Eatsy was born.
Lim worked with i blindi to observe how they ate, so he made a list of critical points. He then established design criteria, prototyped and tested various objects and eventually his adaptive tableware set was born. And it's spectacular.
Eatsy is a multifunctional adaptive tableware set consisting of a plate, a bowl, a cup and utensils. Each of them has a unique feature, with subtle details that avoid confusion. They are universal, applicable to children, the elderly and also to people without special needs.
Eatsy is easy to use for both left and right-handed users: each piece has a distinctive point that provides sensory cues for the blind.
The Eatsy cup
It has a well thought out design, with a food grade silicone flap that recesses inside to secure the spout before pouring.
The Eatsy dish
It features a raised angle and a slope to trap food. The curvature of the plate acts as a guide to direct the spoon to the corner and collect food. The corners are also used for pouring liquids, or for drinking when needed.
They can also be hooked to the sides of the dishes to prevent them from slipping.
Do you want to know more about the prototyping and development process? Here is a video.