11-Year-old Invents Non-spill Cup for Grandfather With Parkinson’s

A young girl has invented a spill proof cup for her grandfather whose unsteady hands were causing him to spill drinks.

Lily Born of Chicago began imaging solutions a few years ago dreaming of ways to help him cope better with Parkinson’s. Then, she had an idea to attach legs onto his tumbler to prevent it from spilling. The Kangaroo Cup was born.

The first ceramic version proved too breakable and uncomfortable to hold so Lilly and her parents went back to the drawing board. This week they have successfully raised money with an online Kickstarter campaign to fund the improvements.

 The new cups made with moldable prototyping plastic are stackable, unbreakable, and microwave & dishwasher safe. Still tip-resistant, the new three-legged design has an elevated base reducing the need for a coaster, and is made with BPA-free plastic.

The campaign is essentially pre-selling the 9-ounce cups — for instance, a set of four for $25. They already have raised $37,000 with still 26 days to go.

“Just because you’re a kid, doesn’t mean you can’t do big and great things’, the pre-teen designer says.

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