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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.
Raul E. Ordonez
Primary Advisor's Department
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Stander Symposium poster
Ananthanarayanan, Hariharan, "Independent Feeding Device" (2013). Stander Symposium Posters. 242.