Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Hoffman, Allen H.

Abstract

The objective of this project was to design an assistive utensil device to help individuals with limited grip strength and range of motion in the completion of daily tasks. The list of utensils applicable for use with the device includes forks, spoons, knives, pencils and toothbrushes, but could be expanded with additional design efforts. There were three final designs produced each with similar functional characteristics but employing different hand positioning when holding the device. The main advantage of the developed devices is the capability to customize multiple features for personal effectiveness and comfort. Feedback was received from professionals in the rehabilitation field that confirmed the effectiveness of the designs.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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