University of Dayton School of Engineering

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Students imagine having a friend with limited hand and wrist muscle strength and control, making the simple daily task of putting on socks difficult. They know there has to be a way to help your friend solve this problem. 

Pulling on a sock is difficult for people with limited hand and wrist muscle strength and control. It is a struggle for their muscles to overcome the sock’s elastic potential energy when stretched, and gravitational potential energy when lifted.  The student's challenge is to use only the materials available to design and build a device prototype that can help people pull on their socks independently.

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