A Users Perspective on the Handy 1 System

Stephanie O'Connell1 and Mike Topping BA Cert Ed.2
1Flat 12 Gordon Clifford Court, St. Anthony's Court, Bracknell, Berkshire, UK
2Research Development Manager at Centre for Rehabilitation Robotics, Staffordshire University, School of Art and Design, College Road, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 2XN, UK


The Handy 1 was developed in 1987 by Mike Topping to assist an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy to eat unaided. The system is the most successful low-cost, commercially available robotic system in the world to date, capable of assisting the most severely disabled with several everyday functions such as drinking, washing, shaving, cleaning teeth and applying makeup [1]. This paper outlines the development of the Handy 1 and provides a case history of Stephanie O'Connell, one of the Handy 1 users, in which she gives her views of the system and how it has altered her live.
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