Hand putting apple in transparent storage bag

IATP’s Tech Kitchen program met with a customer who had only use of one hand and was interested in learning how assistive technology devices could help him be more independent in the kitchen. A request was submitted to the IATP Makers Program for a device to hold Ziplock and toaster bags open while he puts his food inside. The Makers Program then presented various designs using open source files and some designed in-house.

A similar device exists on the market, and is currently in the Tech Kitchen’s demonstration inventory, although it did not work for the customer’s specific needs. Ultimately, the Tech Kitchen decided on an open source design which was then modified to hold the bags in place more appropriately for a one-handed user, therefore making it functional for the customer. The device also contains an adhesive tape attached to the bottom for additional stabilization on countertops.