Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Hoffman, Allen H.

Abstract

There is a need to develop an assistive device for persons who have difficulty reaching, retrieving, picking and placing objects in a household or office setting. Our goal is to design and prototype an electromechanically operated "grabber" to aid users in completing these tasks in the safest manner possible. A first generation prototype was successfully designed and manufactured utilizing several types of plastic and a simple circuit with DC motor. Testing has shown that the Grab-bot extends the user's reach by 2 feet and is designed to retrieve various objects weighing up to 2 pounds in a safe manner with little physical strain.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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