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A new Cornish-based company has launched an innovative product which is able to make handling everyday objects easier for those with limited dexterity and is now looking to work with small retail outlets in the mobility sector.

Having recently completed her BA in Sustainable Product Design and now working for Cornwall-based Kernow Instrument Technology (KIT), Rebecca Smyth decided to follow her ambitions to design and bring new products to market with a strong focus on helping people that have difficulties with daily tasks.

The inspired designer developed the KIT HandyGrip, a gel-like strip designed to wrap around objects such as cutlery, glasses, tools and other everyday items where people experience difficulty in gripping, or need an area on an item to conform for a better fit in the hand and be more ergonomic.

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Handygrip wrapped around a cup

As well as everyday items, the new strips could also be applicable for use on larger mobility items, such as the handlebars of mobility scooters, proving a useful add-on for retailers and end-users alike.

“I have my own health battles that make me more determined to push my designs out to help others wherever I can,” explained Rebecca.

“I have also worked alongside an Occupational Therapist from the Royal Cornwall Hospital during my HCD research and development to gain more information on developing my products to better understand the needs of end-users.”

Particularly useful for those with arthritis, the KIT HandyGrip can be easily removed and reapplied to different items according to the company, as well as washed in warm, soapy water to easily regain its former stickiness.

In addition, the product is mouldable, allowing for a custom fit for any user, conforming to each user’s unique hand size and shape, regardless of their condition.

Launching the product online, the Cornish company is now keen to work with small retail outlets in the industry to raise awareness of the product and gain more market research.

To contact the company to find out more about the range, contact sales@lab-kit.com

See how to use the product here:

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