Assistive Technology of Alaska 

Assistive Gizmo of the Month

Electric can and jar openers


April 1, 2024 | View PDF

Courtesy ATLA

This month we highlight two gizmos at once -electric can and jar openers. Set the electric can opener on the can and press the button to start. It will cut cleanly around the side of the can leaving smooth edges, press the button again to stop. Electric jar openers work similarly - place down on the top of the jar and press the button to start. The jar opener will tighten around the lip of the jar and twist off the lid.

These simple electronic openers could benefit individuals with limited hand or wrist mobility, who only have the use of one arm, or have a short-term injury that makes it difficult to complete the task independently.

This column is brought to you by ATLA (Assistive Technology of Alaska), a nonprofit, statewide resource. ATLA does not endorse this product, but shares information on the types of assistive technology that may benefit Alaskans. For more information or to arrange a free demonstration, visit or call 907-563-2599.


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