Looking for a cup holder device to attach to a wheelchair armrest. With the press of a button, the cup holder will electrically move to the user's mouth. The issue is that the wheelchair user is unable to manually reach for a drink when a cup holder is in a stationary position. Crucial considerations include aesthetics and minimal sound during operation. The motor used to create the cup holder would have to be able to support the weight of an 8 ounce drink in addition to the cup. It is also important that the device be self-contained and compact as it will sit on the client's armrest connected to their wheelchair. It should be powered by battery.
As this is a highly customized project, we assume that there will be several communications along the way to fully flesh out what is possible versus what is required. It would be ideal to meet with the client in person, but at a minimum via video so that the engineer can fully understand the project and specifications. The engineer would be required to purchase all materials. The budget for the project includes those materials, but can be negotiated.
The client is a high functioning professional with a physical disability. They are looking for a way to get a drink independently, without the assistance of another individual. They are also looking for a way to have a drink while moving in their wheelchair. Assume that the client has no use of their hands other than to activate the button for the cup holder.