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iEat: Independent Feeder

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iEat: Independent Feeder by tomglobal Sep 30, 2015
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For a person with limited hand control, using a spoon, fork, or knife is a significant challenge. There are feeding devices available, but they typically cost thousands of dollars and often promise more than they deliver. Using several 3D printed parts, team iEat developed a low-cost device that helps people with limited hand control to feed themselves.

Team members: Zebreda Dunham (need knower), Clarice Torrey, Dana Yichye-Shwachamn, Ken Fujimoto, Randy Darden

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This looks very interesting, but it seems too simple... I'm having a hard time envisioning these arms in operation. Could you post a short video showing their range of motion, and perhaps show it actually picking up food and putting it in someone's mouth?

Hi donstratton, unfortunately it's not a working prototype. We weren't able to get the motors before the Makeathon ended. The base is supposed to rotate and the arm bends and straightens keeping the spoon level. There is also a very key piece of design that was on a different prototype, but not this one. That was the "spoon" that swung out and scooped food onto the spoon that remains level. If you're interested in collaborating, I can give you more information.

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