Oliber helps people with partial or total atrophy of the hands

Chilean design graduate Bárbara López designed a low-cost tool to give new hands to those in need.
Posted 14 Dec 18 By Design Indaba Duration: 00:07:18 Design ActivismProduct Design Creative Work / Next Generation Comments

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Arthritis, osteoarthritis, burns sequelae or amputations of hands are among several conditions that can lead to partial or total atrophy of the hands.

Because the hands become cocoon like, everyday tasks like eating, writing or cleaning are nearly impossible without help. Oliber is a low-cost solution to this problem designed by Bárbara López from the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile.

It’s an easy to use, inexpensive magnetic mitten that allows people with atrophied hands to pick up objects via magnets and metal plates, enabling users to eat by themselves, brush their teeth, write with precision, draw, hold up their phone, and many other tasks.

The magnets allow users to hold up to 2.2 pounds. For objects that are not metal, Oliber comes with four metal plates that can be stuck to anything the user needs.

Lopez was one of 20 graduates to speak at antenna conference in October. Hosted and co-produced by Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, antenna brings together graduates from around the world who are designing for the future.

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