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universal bottle pourer


Name: Mandy

Event: TOM: Melbourne Makeathon 2017


Design presentation


Mandy is a quadruple amputee with two prosthetic hands.
Due to the rigid nature of her prosthetics, Mandy has difficulty gripping various shaped bottles and accurately pouring liquids. Mandy’s challenge is to create a universal and inclusive bottle pouring system.


The device uses tactile touch technology to activate an integrated dual process system, to safely and efficiently pour a variety of beverage (milk, orange juice, wine etc.) with a start/stop/reverse movement. The device is intended for universal use and can be modified to suit individual needs, other users could include those with: 

  • Muscle weakness

  • Rotation issues

  • Stroke

  • Motor neurone disease

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Prosthetic limbs

  • Fatigue

  • Fractured arm/wrists/clavicle

  • Parkinsons

  • Arthritis

  • Limited fine motor skills and dexterity

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Down Syndrome

  • Visually Impaired

  • Vascular disorders

Safety Information

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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