Steadiwear has a personal interest in raising the curtain on essential tremor and helping those who have it live a better life.
While studying structural engineering at the University of Toronto, co-founder and CEO of Steadiwear Mark Elias visited his family over the winter holidays. As he was having coffee with his grandmother and discussing what his next steps were after graduation, he noticed a slight shake in her wrist. As she took her first sips of coffee, her tremors dramatically started to flare up. Her hands shook uncontrollably making her spill the coffee on herself. Mark rushed to her aid, only to find burns; it was shocking to see how difficult daily activities could become with hand tremors.
Mark decided to consult his aunt, a doctor who treats essential tremor, to discuss treatments and solutions. The only viable solutions at the time were medication, invasive surgery, and Botox injections. His structural engineering background began to kick in and he started brainstorming an alternative solution.
After countless nights of research and lengthy discussions with his aunt, Mark arrived at the ideation of the Steadi-One, the world’s first battery-free glove designed for hand tremors. A team was formed with his co-founder, Emile Maamary, whose family also suffered from tremors.
The team attended several support groups across Ontario and surveyed a lengthy list of stakeholders, including over 1,200 tremor sufferers, with high hopes of improving the lives of anyone with hand tremors and developing a worthy solution. Steadiwear’s first attempt of “raising the curtain on essential tremor” lead to starting a blog to address daily living with hand tremors. The recent launch of an online community support group on Facebook aims to build a stronger relationship with end users.
After significant testing, completing the regulatory requirements and multiple design iterations, the Steadiwear team launched pre-orders for the Steadi-One shortly after securing a third-party clinical trial. The Steadi-One is now available for purchase. In recognition of March National Essential Tremor Awareness Month, it is being offered at a discount price. The end goal is to help people with ET live better lives.