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Multifunctional Grabber


TOM @ Uni




Lou is an electric wheelchair user that would like a solution to help her pick things up off the floor. Most pickup sticks on the market lack the dexterity to grab small objects, such as coins or buttons, as well as wider objects. Lou would like a solution which is easy to use, maintain, and requires little grip strength.


Lou's teams have created two unique prototype solutions.
Team 'Innov8tors' designed an extendable suction cup, with magnetic flippers and a silicon grip to pick up items. They also included a 'leg lifter' so Lou can move her leg when required.
Team 'Dura Claw' designed a pickup stick with three retractable claws, allowing it to pick up a broad range of objects. 

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Safety Information

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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. 
TOM: Melbourne are unable to advise on the suitability of any design or device for your personal situation, however if you have general questions relating to the instructions or documentation, please contact us via our  email:


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