Agile Grabbers Invented, Demonstrated and Explored @ EVC

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Explorer Lyle demonstrates using a grabber with soft pads in the grasping surfaces that is agile enough to pick up a slip of paper. In a previous meeting, Explorer Patty had sought a wand or grabber that would be 'sticky' enough to pick up paper from the floor, a task she sometimes faced several times a day. After some discussion, Lyle offered to bring in some reaching and grabbing devices to the next meeting in an effort to solve the problem.

Lyle's first offering is a grabber device which can be found at most hardware stores or even at one of the chain pharmacies. He especially recommends padded 'pinchers' for traction in picking up paper. In addition to picking up paper from the floor, it is handy for picking up common items such as a pen or a small jar. In his demonstration, a postcard or stiffer piece of paper is not so easy to grab from the floor, but a slip of thinner paper is easily pinched and grabbed up with ease.

The second 'pick up' item is one that he uses when playing Bocce ball and he needs to pick up the smaller ball, called the pallimo. For that, he describes how he fastened a suction cup device - which perfectly grabs the ball - to the end of a short stick. As well, the group is pleased to see that it handily picks up the stiffer cardboard and fills the bill for what Patty wanted.

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from the Eskaton Village Carmichael circle discussion May 12th, 2016.

 

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