New aid to daily living product aims to grip the market’s attention
Having recently been awarded the Board of Trade Award by the Department for International Trade for achieving 25 percent export growth in the last year, The Active Hands company has launched a new gripping glove to the market.
Called the Small Item Gripping Aid, the product comes in two parts, a neoprene glove and a Velcro-backed palm pad with clamp.
Designed to make every day fine-motor activities for gripping items such as toothbrushes, pens, art equipment and make-up brushes easier, the product aims to give users the independence to accomplish more.
Items clamped in the palm pad can be placed into the glove at any angle, making a wide range of activities accessible, allowing those with reduced hand function to hold pens upright, a toothbrush sideways or a mascara wand at just the right tilt.
It has been used with great success during art classes where participants were able to paint on an easel or use a drawing board with comfort and confidence says the company and can be used with little or no finger strength.
Discussing the new aid, Rob Smith, Director of Active Hands, commented: “Our mission is to help people achieve more active and inclusive lives – giving them independent access to a variety of activities that would be impossible without Active Hands gripping aids. We offer a wide range of solutions for the frustrations of daily living as well as fantastic solutions to getting active.”
The clamp mechanism can be easily opened and closed to switch between items. Alternatively, additional palm pads can be purchased, enabling users to pre-load commonly used items and simply switch between the palm pads without having to remove the glove each time.
“This new product delivers an effective solution to completing fine-motor activities with reduced grip; something our customers have been asking for,” added Rob.
“We are confident that its unique design and quality finish will meet the high standards our customers have come to expect from us and that it will quickly become a key item in our range of gripping solutions. We are excited to launch this product to customers this autumn and to hear of the many ways in which this gripping aid will enable them to lead full, active and independent lives.”
The Small Item Gripping Aid has been developed out of many years of feedback from says the company, with preliminary testing resulting in positive feedback.
The company will launch the Small Item Gripping Aid at the OT Show at NEC, Birmingham on the 21st and 22nd November.