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Ampathy Stick


Metro Makeathon




John is an amputee and wheelchair user who would like a custom pick-up stick to increase his ability to grab various objects. He is seeking a device which is dexterous enough to allow him to pick objects up off the ground.


The DFM team has developed a claw that John can open by pulling a loop positioned around one of his arms. The end of the stick has a socket and cuff that John can use to control its movement with his other arm.

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All digital product files on this page are provided as conceptual designs and were developed by volunteers through a TOM: Melbourne event or program.
The design file is provided in the interest of sharing ideas and promoting collaboration. The design as described in the document(s) has not been tested or assessed for safety. Please do not attempt to use any device built using these instructions without first seeking appropriate professional advice on the safety and suitability of the device for your personal situation. 
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