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The purpose of the Independent Feeding Device (IFD) is to increase the independence, dignity, and quality of life for the severely disabled by enabling them to autonomously feed themselves with appropriate supervision by a caretaker. The IFD transports a selected food item from the table to the mouth in an enjoyable, intuitive, and ergonomic fashion. For those physically incapacitated individual who possess the mental faculties, the IFD will provide a highly desirable solution that is affordable, attractive, and practical. In institutional settings, the IFD will substantially reduce the cost of labor associated with feeding incapacitated patients or residents while significantly increasing the quality of life for that same patient or resident.

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Project Designation

Independent Research

Primary Advisor

Raul E. Ordonez

Primary Advisor's Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Independent Feeding Device