I used to have to use diapers, hated them but liked the ones you could take off or leave on without taking all your clothes off. Adaptive device I use but would like perfected is now I buy string bikini bottoms and use bladder leak pads instead of diapers. If I have a bad accident the bikini are cheap enough to throw away and not ruin my clothes. Has worked for years camping or traveling. Maybe have higher back string bikini bottom that cost about $2-3 each and are washable.
I've recently acquired a few different commercial reacher/grabbers, and have gripes with all of them. (I'm not handicapped except for a touch of arthritis and stiffness in the morning, so I use a grabber mainly for picking things up from odd places so I can avoid awkward bending.)
What's good about this reacher is that it is very strong and has a very tight grip due to using a string to pull the jaw closed (with spring return), giving a mechanical advantage when closed. The other reachers I've found are toys by comparison to this one.
Unfortunately, that hook opposite the gripper gets in the way of grabbing spice bottles off a rack (I tried it). Possibly AliMed (with whom I have no connection whatsoever) may have a reacher better suited to the task.
It seems to me that a reacher could be constructed specifically to grab bottles and hold them fast till released. I'm thinking of a certain type of tongs that holds a chisel so tightly (for blacksmithing) that a sledge hammer can hit the chisel and not knock the chisel out of the tongs. It's merely a matter of the geometry of the jaws. Now actuate those jaws like the AliMed reacher, but possibly with a stiff rod rather than a string. Finally, add a catch on the handle end so that when the bottle is gripped, the catch keeps the gripper from releasing it until a release button (or something of the sort) is pressed.
Another consideration is the various angles of the reacher. The bottle would be upright (most of the time) so the jaw(s) should close horizontally. But on the AliMed gripper, that would mean the handle is also horizontal, whereas it might be better for the use if it were in a vertical plane. Also, at what angle should the (horizontal) gripper be relative to the reacher arm -- and should this angle be adjustable?
All in all, it might be simpler to just look for reacher/grippers already on the market.
Regarding the triangular wheelchair idea: Triangular Racing Wheelchair If such a design can be made for racing, surely it could be used for getting into a car. Would it suffice to have low wheel (i.e., propelled by another person)? If so, the design could be a platform with three wheels (odd one in front), with a triangular seat (e.g., a bicycle seat) mounted on it. Maybe an office chair seat with a pneumatic lift could be used (but most of those only lower when a person is in the seat). Regarding the inflatable chair for lifting: Such things exist, but are not cheap: Inflatable Lift (about $2000!) But when I look at these, I see little difference from a stack of large inner tubes. (Truck inner tubes seem to be available from Amazon, if nowhere else. Inner tubes from Amazon -about $30 each) Now, imaging either gluing or tying a number of such inner tubes together so they can't slip sideways. Add a fabric seat in the middle of the top one so you can't slip down the center of the stack. Remove the Shrader valves from the tubes and manifold the stems directly to your air pump. Add a 4-way valve so your air pump could be used to pump the air OUT of the inner tubes between uses.
I don't think you'd want X-rays to detect a UTI. Rather, the technique is an Eliza test. A drop of urine goes onto a test strip and some color change occurs if bacteria are present. There may be such a device already on the market. I'm fairly sure there's an equivalent lab test, but it may not yet be available on the open market (like pregnancy test kits).
Here's a video review of one commercially available collapsible crutches:
(I have no connection to the manufacturer of these crutches or to the reviewer or distributor.)
Re: Shoes that let you feel the floor:
How about moccasins? Real ones, I mean, not shoes with moccasin uppers, e.g. (Commercial moccasins). If they need to be waterproof, glue on a thin layer of rubber, or just "paint" the bottoms with a soft liquid rubber compound (PlastiDip or SprayTape).
Bf, thanks for putting thought into my suggestion regarding a differently shaped grabber,...but now I have to “redirect”. I have several kinds of grabbers. So,...in review, my post was about wanting a grabber especially for grabbing a particular size of (oversized) spice bottle from a spicerack on the wall. One of my grabbers is already very similar to the Allmed reacher to which you give a link. So, that is NOT what I want the new invention to look like. I want one that does a better job. I want one that is shaped BETTER for the task I’ve described. And, yes, my grabber (that I already have) does have a string and a spring return. And, yes, it has a strong grip that holds the bottle tightly until I release it,...but it isn’t SHAPED RIGHT for the task. In the case of the grabber that I already have, there is an extra protruding piece, similar to the one in the link you gave. But that protruding piece on my grabber (that I already have) is removable by unscrewing it. So, since it is removable, and since I wouldn’t want it in the design by the new inventors, I didn’t believe it was necessary to mention in my original post for them to be sure NOT to put an extra protrusion that would get in the way of grabbing a spice bottle. But, yes, we wouldn’t want that. You have mentioned adding “a catch on the handle end so that when the bottle is gripped, the catch keeps the gripper from releasing it until a release button (or something of the sort) is pressed.” For the design that I am requesting, I would NOT need or want that addition of a lock (or catch). My hand works well and have a good grip. One of my grabbers has a locking feature such as you describe, but for my ‘spice bottle grabber’, (being that my hands work well) I would not need or want the locking feature. I just want a grabber that is shapped specifically for lifting spices from my spice rack.
And, I will go ahead and address something about the triangular wheelchair for getting into a car that I suggested. (Designers, please see my post above). Bf, you said, “If such a design can be made for racing, surely it could be used for getting into a car. Would it suffice to have low wheel (i.e., propelled by another person)? If so, the design could be a platform with three wheels (odd one in front), with a triangular seat (e.g., a bicycle seat) mounted on it.”
No, absolutely not. It should NOT resemble a racing wheelchair. Nothing extra should protrude out front, as is the case with a racing wheelchair. The goal is to have the wheelchair fit into the small triangular-shaped space beside a car seat, NOT simply to make a triangular-shaped wheelchair. And regarding using a triangular bicycle seat, NO, absolutely not. HORROR of HORRORS. As Nancy in Peanuts would say,”Auuuuugh!”. Some females have a Foley Catheter tube inserted for urination. A bicycle seat would be “cruel and unusual punishment”.
Re: grabber for spice bottles Could your existing grabber be adapted to fit the spice bottles? Maybe by adding padding inside the existing jaws?
Re: triangular wheelchair I posted that racing wheelchair picture to show that triangular wheelchairs do exist and can be stable. But it sounds like what I thought you said and what you meant were quite different. Perhaps you could sketch what you mean and post the drawing.
As to bicycle seats -- there are lots of different kinds. I certainly didn't mean a leather racing seat which some masochists prefer. Leather bike seat
Here, for example, is one bike seat that might address the issue. Bike seat
Also, I have ideas for a new type of bike seat that might also address the issue, but that's still on the drawing board.
Bf, this is what DJ posted, “As most of you might already know, I'm in University doing an Engineering program and I'm planning on creating a startup that caters to people like us to make our lives better/easier. My goal is to make products that are affordable to everyone (unlike most things in the medical industry) and also useful/helpful.”
My first posts on this Thread were in response to DJ’s call for ideas to be used by a startup that caters to “people like us”. This is a public forum, so the ideas and requests we have posted are in no way private. But, in my case, the ideas and additional information I posted were offered with the assumption that DJ would, at his discretion, be forwarding those ideas to his team.
You ask whether or not padding could effectively be added inside the jaws of my existing grabbers to better grab an herb bottle. This is what I previously posted about that “grabber” idea: “...I’ve thought how nice it would be to have a special grabber, just for that spice rack, that would make good contact with the neck of the bottle. I could have it handy beside the rack for when I want to reach up and grab a spice.” In other words, I was suggesting that DJ’s team might create a specialty grabber for small bottles in the kitchen.
Regarding your question, Bf,...while putting extra padding inside the jaws of an existing grabber might keep a small bottle, once grabbed, from falling, it would also add bulk to the grabber, possibly making it a more clumsy grabbing tool. And, since that grabber would be used as a kitchen tool, ease of cleaning, including washing, would cause me to choose a specially designed sleek shape, rather than adding extra padding to an existing grabber. I believe the jaw should be smaller than on a normal grabber. Any padding would have to be added with “washability” in mind. Adding padding to an existing grabber was not my idea nor my request, and it is not my preference,...hence, my submission of the idea for the creation of a new tool to DJ’s team.
I am currently working on my own adaptive equipment projects. I submitted to DJ the “other” projects,...the ones that I do not want to work on myself, or that I can not work on myself,...or that I can not at this time work on myself.