A group of students and faculty advisors at SUNY Corning Community College won the New York State Department of Health’s Aging Innovation Challenge.
Using 3D printing technology, the students invented a device known as GripM8. It’s an assistive eating device that has turned into so much more than just for food.
The versatile rubber could be used to augment a variety of utensils from forks, spoons, razors, to toothbrushes and pens.
The device is meant to help individuals who struggle with motor control to complete daily tasks on their own.
“The fact that we’re helping the elderly in our community is absolutely fantastic, it brings the community to Corning Community College and that’s really what this is about,” Chris Herrmann, an engineering science student at SUNY CCC, said. “We are touching the lives of people who need help with our invention and that’s really what’s important.”
“All the colleges and universities in the state of New York were invited, and of the 70 odd who participated, Corning Community College rose to the top,” Dr. Kate Douglas, President of SUNY CCC, said.
The winning team won $17,500, tying for the win with the team from Syracuse University.
The students are currently pursuing a variety of licensing options to make GripM8 available for sale.