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Young inventor's handle on design

The handle should help people with limited hand mobility

A student has designed a specially-shaped handle to help people with hand disabilities make it easier to open doors.

The device, created by Eifion Davies, 21, of Abergele, Conwy, could help those with arthritis, Parkinson's and visual impairment.

His EasyKey design will be showcased at the new designers show at the Business Design Centre in London next month.

Mr Davies is a student at University of Wales Institute (Uwic) in Cardiff.

"I thought that a lot of people, including myself, sometimes had problems getting the key into the lock," said Mr Davies.

"This handle has been designed so that the handle is shaped like a sort of funnel so the key is guided into the lock."


The design also features motion sensors which can switch on a light, and is covered in a silicon gel, to make it softer and more comfortable.

"The one I've made is for a Yale lock key, but obviously the concept could be developed for any type of lock," he said.

"It is designed so that it can be fitted on any door, as the current designs available involved using sensors which calls for a special lock and door, which can be very expensive."

Iona Davies, who has problems with her hands and arms, said she would welcome such a design.

"At the moment I use pliers to open and lock the door," she said.

"I would be very interested to see this handle as I can't put any strain on my wrists and this could help," she added.

The EasyKey will be on display in the Business Design Centre in London at the end of next month.

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