About the project:
A cane that also incorporates an arm that can pick up dropped objects to ensure the user doesn't have to bend down, and potentially loose balance.
Our need knower, Rose, has parkinson's disease. She often looses her balance, but especially when she bends down to reach for something. She has another grabber - but it doesn't pick up flat pieces of paper, or little objects like pills and sometimes she drops the grabber itself.
Our design has a grabber incorporated into the cane. It allows for simultaneous use of the cane's supporting function - and a grabber function. The user positions the cane near the dropped object and aims the cane using a laser light. The arm then extends downward and grabs the object with a robotic clenching hand. The arm then retracts and the user can grasp the dropped object.