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WCPO: UC engineering students design easier-to-use eyedropper

UC students are working with the nonprofit QL+ to create custom solutions for veterans

Engineering students with the University of Cincinnati are working with a nonprofit that helps veterans to develop more custom solutions for people with disabilities.

Students in UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science in collaboration with the Veterans Administration and a national nonprofit group Quality of Life Plus, or QL+, are working on an easier-to-use eyedropper for people with dexterity or motor-control issues.

The students talked to WCPO-TV about their project.

"The main issue was they couldn't squeeze the bottle. They didn't have enough hand dexterity. Or they'd squeeze the entire bottle out in one go," UC student Kenny Nickels told WCPO.

Students met this month over lunch with members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10380 in Green Township to get feedback on two prototypes, including one that fits over the face like a pair of glasses.

UC engineering students have worked on several other adaptive technology projects with QL+, including a custom scooter lift and a custom bicycle brake. (Read more about those projects.)

Watch WCPO's full story.

Featured image at top: UC students designed prototypes for an easier-to-use eyedropper. Photo/WCPO-TV.

Screenshot of Kenny Nickels talking to WCPO.

University of Cincinnati engineering student Kenny Nickels talks to WCPO-TV about the custom eyedropper UC students designed. Photo/WCPO