Stroke survivor Mr Ng, who is 72 years old, suffers from hemiplegia – a form of paralysis on one side of his body that affects the dexterity of his left hand, making it hard for him to perform daily activities such as opening food jars. To work around that, Mr Ng would leave the jars loosely covered, causing the food to quickly go off.
Grip Buddy, a simple device that helps a user to open and close jars using one hand and the hip, will benefit seniors like Mr Ng. Developed by a team of NUS students from the College of Design and Engineering, Grip Buddy is a device measuring 12cm by 21.5cm, equipped with features like anti-slip design and cushioned contact points.
This practical innovation, designed by students under the “bGood” initiative of the NUS Biomedical Engineering, has caught the eye of local social service agencies and to date orders have been placed for around 100 Grip Buddies to be deployed at various centres in the community.
Grip Buddy was one of the 21 exhibits at the GeronTech Showcase organised by NUS, in partnership with Lions Befrienders and People’s Association. The event, which was also part of the engagement activities of the University’s Health District @ Queenstown initiative, was held on 22 April at a community pavilion in Stirling Road.