PICK UP DEVICE

Name: John Davey 

Age: 55 

Event: 2019 Makeathon

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JOHN'S CHALLENGE

John, a 55-year-old Quadruple Amputee and wheelchair user, finds it extremely difficult to pick up anything that falls onto the floor. This is due to the distance between the height of his wheelchair and the lack of dexterity in his prosthetics. John is seeking a solution that will grip onto objects and be dextrose enough to allow him to access things on the floor that would otherwise be out of reach.

THE SOLUTION

John’s team have designed a mechanism that allows John to easily pick up objects off the floor. The team have modified a single crutch by incorporating a pulley mechanism that opens
and closes a claw. The crutch interfaces with his right arm, allowing John’s left arm to control the pulley.