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Here is immortalized for all eternity the Handi-Caster. This high tech project began as a requirement for our Dynamics class at LeTourneau University. The project was for the 2001 ASME Student Design Competition, known as "Sip-and-Puff". The idea was to build a fishing rod casting machine that could be controlled by a "sip-and-puff" wheelchair controller commonly used by a quadriplegic. We finished first place at the regional competition and third place at the international competition, demonstrating a most impressive machine. When was the last time you saw a fishing machine with precise video targeting? The team at the final competition consisted of Steve Nelson, Pete Thiessen, and myself, Matthew Vernon.