How many times have you struggled to open blister pack or clam shell packaging? Nimble-fingered or not, it can be quite a frustrating and time-consuming exercise to get at the contents of those plastic packages.
So, if you don't have trouble with your fine motor skills, and yet you still struggle with those #$%! packages, spend some time thinking about the difficulties that people with rheumatoid arthritis experience when they want to do everyday things - like turn a doorknob, open a water bottle, or use cutlery.
Many of us have hands that are ravished by a disease that not only seems to have a voracious appetite for the synovial lining of the joints, but also impacts many other parts of the body. In a press release, Kelly Young has done a fantastic job explaining the effects of this disease and the rationale behind Rheumatoid Awareness Day.
I've had the good fortune to virtually make Steve Fisher's acquaintance. He generously sponsored a giveaway for the Zip-it Opener on A Rheumful of Tips. This gadget is a much-need addition to any household, especially in our super-sealed world.
Woohoo! Another giveaway!
Steve has agreed to offer another Zip-it Opener as a giveaway. See below for how to enter. By the way, you can always order your own Zip-it Opener directly from here.
I'm sure that if you're like me, you spend time designing gadgets in your dreams. Things that would make life easier - devices that would help you do things that most people take for granted. Steve took it a step, or rather, many steps further.
I was curious about the entire process, so I asked him about it. This is what Steve said:
"It is a rather involved process of going from idea to reality. I started with the desire to help my mother have the freedom to purchase those hard to open plastic packages and not worry about how she was going to get them open. She actually did not purchase some items because she did not want to have to ask someone to open them for her. She is a very independent lady.
We started with a patent attorney, a design company and eventually a manufacturer in a revolving order as we progressed through the design and mechanical stages of development. We made several models and prototypes to experiment with. Eventually we took a trip to China to make arrangement for the final manufacturing and testing of the finished Zip-it. We also worked with a graphic designer for the logo and other elements such as the packaging. We had a web designer that built our web site and other companies integrated into the system for shipping to our customers. Our office is located on my daughter's ranch in Walla Walla, Washington."
How to enter to get one for yourself or for someone else:
In case you've never entered via Rafflecopter, you'll need to log-in with either your email or FaceBook account. Then, click Do it! in the upper right hand corner. Follow the instructions, clicking Do it! for each option that is presented to you.
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If you have a mailing address in Canada or the United States, you are eligible to enter this fantastic giveaway.