Low-Tech Lifesavers: The Knork

Low-Tech Lifesavers: The Knork

The Knork is fast becoming one of the most popular gadgets for those living with disabilities around. If you haven’t heard of it, this is the place to be to find out everything you need to know about the it and its ever expanding range of easy-to-use cutlery.

As this tweeter puts it, users really do love their knorks:

Exactly what is a Knork?

The Original Knork

This is probably your first question and we don’t blame you but put simply, a knork is the only utensil you’ll ever need when eating a main meal. It combines the prongs of a fork with the cutting edge of a knife. It was originally designed to aid its inventor whilst eating pizza but has expanded well beyond this original purpose.

The Knork’s cutting edge is specifically designed not to be sharp and require a simple rocking motion to cut through foods, avoiding the risk of sharp edges. This product is a stylish and modern piece of equipment that could be an essential gadget for your home especially if you have limited dexterity or limb paralysis.

Expansive and expanding: the ever growing adaptive cutlery range

The Knork inventors knew they were onto a winner with their original design and have since rolled out many different styles and types of cutkery, including full flatware sets and foam handled knorks to aid gripping. The range was further enhanced with the release of the Knork Flatware line which includes a range of different pieces including a salad knork and steak/butter knife. It doesn’t stop there, they have also extended their range into plastic cutlery so you can take your knork with you if dining alfresco or enjoying a family picnic.

Fans of the Knork can’t help but sing it’s praises, describing it as study and weighty, which makes its cutting edge more effective and aids independence as food no longer needs to be cut up on behalf of the individual with the disability. It has opened new doors for people who may previously have been embarrassed eating in public as with a knork, there is no need to ask for food to be cut up as you can do it yourself.

This informational video gives some extra info regarding the range:

UPDATED Recent Feedback

We have had some brilliant feedback via our new boutique-style innovations store – Equ4L.com – Equipped 4 Life in the past few days for knorks. Whenever we take  knorks to shows and exhibitions we always hear from people how much they are helping so we thought we would share this useful feedback that was posted on Amazon.

The fork has provided a new level of independence for my 9 year old who suffers from cerebral palsy and has a weakness down one side. He has been able to cut up his own food for himself for the first time. Am thrilled with the knork.

And from another customer who highlights the ‘universal design’ non-stigmatising aspect of the knork cutlery:

well packaged nice looking item will be able to use when I go out for a meal without people wondering what I am using as looks like a normal fork

We are often told that the knork is particularly useful cutlery for people with a stroke condition:

Excellent item and would definitely buy from this seller again, I bought it for my wife who has had several strokes and it has made a huge difference to her eating at home or out in a restaurant, would thoroughly recommend it.

But ANYONE can use a Knork:

Although I am not without two hands, I prefer to eat one handed. I have been looking for a while for a KNORK and decided to have a look on Amazon and found what I was looking for. The item arrived promptly and well packaged I was delighted with the product and can recommend this seller.

 

Image of the Salad Knork - knife and fork in one.

The Salad Knork is as stylish and functional as the original, yet smaller in length.

The Knork Range of Adaptive Cutlery

The Knork is an ever-growing range of cutlery, and includes the original Knork, a steak knife and plastic versions, ideal for camping and picnics.
The newest addition to the Knork family to be stocked on our store is the Salad Knork. The salad Knork is a smaller version of the original Knork.
The salad Knork is as stylish and practical as the original, however the slightly more compact size allows you to use it for dining on salads or starters, and is ideal for children or anyone with smaller hands. The size of the new salad Knork is easier to hold for little ones, and measures 17cm in length with smaller prongs and a slightly more curved shape.

To view or purchase from our range of Knorks, please click the link below to visit Equ4L.com – Equipped 4 Life, a new boutique store featuring only the most innovative and inclusive gadgets and products.

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UPDATE

The Knork in the Huddesfield Examiner

We are always on the lookout for mentions of the knork and spotted this review in the Huddesfield Examiner

Denis Kilcommons describes the knork as “the perfect accessory to a mobile phone”! His review is quite tongue in cheek and he likens the knork to the part of the Americanisation of Britain. All good fun but a little bit alarmist we feel!

And now we have the knork.

This is not new, although I had never heard of it before. According to Wikipedia, that font of all internet knowledge, Horatio Nelson used a specially adapted fork with a cutting edge after losing his arm in battle in 1797, so the knork is obviously a very worthwhile item of cutlery for those with only the use of one hand.

But give Americans an inch and they’ll take your knife. They have already removed it from everyday dining.

The first time I ate out in America 40 years ago, I discovered the knife is a scorned accessory. Only truck drivers use a knife AND fork, I was told, as I got stuck into my steak with both utensils. Polite society first cut up their food then discarded the knife and used only the fork to scoop the small bits into the mouth.

How stupid, I commented. That way, your chips go cold.

Truck drivers, I opined, are obviously a very sensible breed. When in the States, I have ever since conducted myself like one of Eddie Stobart’s finest, no matter how posh the restaurant.

But a Knork? The Yanks will love it. They could even make it compulsory because it means they will never have to put down their mobile phones, even when cutting their meat.

You have been warned.

We are still glad that the amazing functional and stylish knork has reached even Denis’ sheltered corner of Huddesfield! 😉

Low-Tech Lifesavers: Sock Aids

Low-Tech Lifesavers: Sock Aids

There are plenty of extremely simply designed products which can make a significant difference to our daily lives. Maintaining independence is something that everyone deserves and through some basic, low-tech products some tasks which may have been impossible become possible again. One of these tasks is getting your socks on which for some can be a big problem and something they’d previously needed help with, however, with the Sock Aid, help is no longer needed at all.

What are Sock Aids?

As this tweeter puts it, most sock aids are like a half-drainpipe on strings:

@ my nomination for #disabilitygadgets is the 1/2 drainpipe on strings thingy that I put my socks on with
@eccentricman87
Ted Shiress

There are a wide number of different types of product about which produce the same effect and are available for a range of prices. There are some sock aids which use a stick rather than strings to help with the positioning of the sock. The product is an extremely simple design which performs an essential daily task. Once you have your own you’ll never be without it. As this video demonstrates, sock aids are relatively simple to use:

What do the customers think?

This very simple design which doesn’t need any fabrication or development and it has received rave reviews from its customers. Customers are extremely happy with sock aids and are particularly pleased that they can be used without any need to bend down, avoiding any potential risks or unnecessary pain. It’s great for people who are recovering for major surgery such as hip replacements and others who may suffer from more long-term join related conditions or back pain. Getting used to the process needed to use the aid may take a little time but with handy videos like the ones above, it shouldn’t be long before you’re a sock aid pro.

The range of sock aids available gives you the option to choose one which you believe is right for you. As a very basic product, they’re both cost effective and can make putting your socks on less hassle and trouble than it’s ever been.

High-Tech Helpers: The Livescribe Smartpen

High-Tech Helpers: The Livescribe Smartpen

At Living with Disability we embrace all the benefits of technology and the way it has made life lots easier for many people. As technology advances, so do the gadgets and gizmos designed specifically to make living with disabilities less difficult and supporting daily independence.

One item which is extremely useful for people with learning disabilities is The Livescribe Smartpen. Livescribe produce a range of Smartpens that can significantly improve the educational and work place environment for people who may have difficulty taking notes. This tweet is a testament to how valuable Smartpens can be:

@ #disabilitygadgets My wheelchair and my hand controls in the car. Oh and my LiveScribe Pulse smartpen.
@danonwheels
Dan McIntyre

Smartpens can help people with a number of different conditions including dyspgraphia, auditory processing difficulties and learning difficulties. With a Smartpen, you can focus on the teacher, the speaker or the lecturer you need to, rather than worrying about scribbling down every single word which can be extremely challenging for some.

So, what do Smartpens do?

A Livescribe Smartpen combines all four communication methods in one device. With a Smartpen you can record audio via its built-in microphone or through a Livescribe recording headset. When taking notes, the Smartpen can record the whole lesson, conversation or lecture and even creates digitised handwriting, automatically syncing the audio and ink. You can replay the audio by simply tapping the digitised ink. You can also choose to record audio without text if you prefer and you can transfer all files to your computer if you need to. Organising your notes isn’t difficult and you can even search for specific words within your notes, if you’re trying to revise or focus on a particular topic.

What do the customers think?

Smartpens’ customers are absolutely overwhelmed with their efficiency. Customers rate their effectiveness highly and feel they can considerably help them in their educational and professional lives. Despite all its high-tech gadgetry within this product, customers are surprised by how lightweight they are and how easy and straightforward they are to use. Described as a brilliant tool for both business and education, the Livescribe Smartpen can enhance and change your lifestyle.

This video shows exactly how great the Livescribe Smartpen can be great for work and school:

We saw recently saw Dan from the tweet above  talking about the Livescribe Pulse on Facebook

I’ve had a livescribe Pulse for about 2 years now, its ace. Even allows you to draw a piano and play it, plus had a load of other apps that act as translators etc as well as recording meetings.

And looking at the reviews on Amazon, it is a very popular item:

I love my Pulse 4GB. This Echo 8GB is just that much nicer – more comfortable to hold, more memory, better uplink connection than the Pulse’s standard cradle, which is a little too easy to knock the pen off from. The Pulse’s pro cradle (upright) is very nice, though. The new Mac Desktop update (2.2.1) is a very good one, with a much easier interface for sharing pencasts, pdfs, and AAC files. Like the previous reviewer, I had difficulty at first, but ended up manually downloading and installing the latest software update (my software kept telling me I had the latest, but it was 2.1). It replaced my previous version(keeping all the Pulse files intact), and after the quick install, it began to recognize the Echo without any problem.

The new pen cap is little and fits tight – I suspect it will be lost quickly. It is different than the Pulse caps – smaller, and fits on differently. I don’t notice much difference at all in using the Echo vs the Pulse, but I do find it more comfortable and less dorky-looking. I never considered 4GB to be too little storage, but 8GB certainly allows me to record everything at the highest quality without concern. Interestingly, this pen didn’t come with the recording headphones – which are nice, but way too dorky to actually use. If you are looking to buy a first Smartpen, you really can’t go wrong with either the Pulse or the Echo. If you are a student or an attorney or anyone who needs to recall detailed discussion points, you won’t be sorry. The variety of notebooks now is fantastic.

Note: EVERY high school and college student with learning disorders involving processing speeds, slow writing, Asperger’s Syndrome, or attentional issues should have and use this product. I suspect this will replace “note takers” eventually, as this is FAR less expensive and more effective (see 2008-09 research study from Rochester Institute of Technology).