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Powered Household Fixtures for Disabled Individuals


Entry ID #: 2866
Created: Tue, Dec 13, 2016 2:49 PM

Powered Household Fixtures - For Disabled Individuals

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VEX robotics team 4154A built three joystick-controlled robots to aid the use of common household fixtures. These robots, which can be mounted to sinks, drawers, and cabinets, can help people with physical disabilities to have an easier time living independently.


   Oedipus_Vex on 02/17/2017

How does this compare to a standard automatic touchless faucet? This seems like it would impede usage of the faucet by non-disabled people.

   ussr4154 on 12/15/2016

For disabled and chronically ill people, grasping handles, opening and closing doors, and bending to reach things can be difficult--if not impossible. While methods of coping with these disabilities are available, there are few solutions that ease the use of appliances that might otherwise be troublesome. Current robotic systems are expensive or in early development (SERVO-DRIVE, the electronic motor support system) (EL-E: An Assistive Robot); caretakers can help but reduce one’s ability for independent life, and can also be expensive to hire, unreliable, or even abusive (Abuse of People with Disabilities).

   ussr4154 on 12/15/2016