Home automation and accessible technology for quadriplegics often has the same issue: covering the last meter. that is, completing that last step which is easy to do for a human with functional hands, but tricky for normal automation approaches.
A friend sent me the following YouTube channel link, which is from a doctor whose hobby is creating DIY projects that help substitute for a lack of hand function. These are intended to be inexpensive, there’s a lot of rubber bands and duct tape, most of these are not motorized in any way, but looking at them I can see them very easily added to some simple automated actuators to build some very cool home automation projects even for those who don’t have any physical disabilities.
Thought the maker type folks in this community would have fun and might get some inspiration from these.