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You wouldn’t think something as small as a straw could change a life, but a Canadian entrepreneur just invented one that can.

Kelowna-based Damjan Madjar has created something called the Drink E-Z, which is a motorized cup designed to help people consume liquids after they undergo dental surgery or suffer from a jaw injury. Previously, anyone unable to make a sucking motion following an injury or medical operation has relied on large plastic syringes in order to get their liquids. But they’re cumbersome to use because they require two hands, and having to rely on one isn’t exactly a dignifying experience.

The Drink E-Z fixes that. With a micro-pump built into the base of the cup, patients can use the straw just as they would a normal one. Just raise the cup to your lips, push a button near its base and then release it when you’ve had enough.

“Initially I think most people see the novelty, but as soon as you hit them with the words ‘dental’ and ‘medical’ it really comes into mind the placement of products like this,” Madjan said.

The cup isn’t just for people with dental or jaw conditions, however. Madjar says the cup is also useful for the elderly, people living with Multiple Sclerosis or Bells Palsy – even hockey players or athletes who use full-face masks.

The Drink E-Z requires three AAA batteries to use, it’s dishwasher safe and will carry a retail price of $40. If you’re interested, you still have time to back the project on KickStarter.

You can learn more about the motorized cup in the video above.