This was designed by the Auburn University Assistive Technology Design Lab as a part of the AT design collaboration. Our students worked with a disabled military veteran who used a wheelchair and had somewhat limited dexterity. Daily, our client/user took prescription medicine and would often drop one or more, resulting in quite a challenge. While a number of telescoping "grabbers" existed on the market (claws, adhesive, magnetic), none were specialized to pick up tiny items with the geometry of prescription medicine.
Note: The grabber head was printed with NinjaFlex and the connector part was printed with ABS, though PLA should work.
We used an existing tool for the telescoping handle. It was less than $15 from Amazon. The model we used was a 'TEKTON 7605 8-lb. Telescoping Magnetic Pickup Tool'.
Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-7605-Telescoping-Magnetic-Pickup/dp/B0043227UM/ref=sr_1_5?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1448312299&sr=1-5&keywords=tekton+telescoping+magnet
Contributing Students: Philip Denton, Camille DeShazo, and David Goggans.
Supervising Faculty: Jerrod Windham
Design Lab Website: http://cadc.auburn.edu/explore-cadc/portfolios/view/63
The grabber head was printed with NinjaFlex and the connector part was printed with ABS, though PLA should work.
Connect to Existing Telescoping Handle