Health Care

Robotic Dining Robot Obi

Introducing Obi the meal assisting robot that overcomes obstacles.
Dining with DIGNITY

Eating is one of life’s great pleasures, but this isn’t the case for millions of people and we don’t think that’s right. We feel everyone deserves access to an independent and empowering dining experience.

This mission has led us to create Obi, the first robotic dining companion of its kind.
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The First Dining Robot helps The Disabled Eat.
Obi is the first of its kind, revolutionary dining device for individuals who lack upper extremity function. This robotic arm provides physically disabled people more independence at the dinner table.

Obi is a table top robot that helps people suffering from conditions such as ALS or cerebral palsy to eat on their own.

Obi accommodates a spectrum of people who have difficulty feeding themselves. Diners should possess the ability to safely, and successfully, operate Obi as well as the ability to chew and swallow without assistance.

Obi gives the diner control over food selection and delivery by automating the motion of a human arm during eating. Through the use of the robotic arm, the device becomes an extension of the user, conducting their intent of what and when to eat.

With the momentary touch of a switch, Obi allows users to select between four compartments of food and to command when the food is captured and delivered to their mouth.
Working of Obi

After the food is divided into Obi's separate bowls, the user is able to control the rest.

It is equipped with two buttons that can be operated by the hands or feet.

One button tells Obi to select a different food, and the other commands it to bring the food to the users mouth.

The arm is manually positioned then knows to return to that position to feed the dinner.

Sufferers of disabilities now have the pleasure of eating their meals at the same time as their family.

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Ideal Candidates For Obi:
  • Amputation
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis  (ALS)
  • Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC)
  • Other conditions impairing upper extremity
Obi increases independence, social interaction, and effective food capturing like never before!
Effective Food Capture

Obi’s patented features, including multi-directional food capture, portion control, spoon wiping, an food re-positioning, allow for optimal and efficient food delivery.
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Customized Delivery

Obi’s setup process is fast and user-friendly. Through the Teach Mode, Obi allows the caregiver to quickly position the device for optimal use, an tailor the food delivery location for each diner.
Switch Operation 

After the delivery location is set, the diner controls their experience through the use of two accessibility switches. One to select the food, and one to command food delivery. The switch ports are 3.5 mm barrel jack connectors.
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Battery Operated & Portable

Obi weighs approximately 7 pounds and comes equipped with a rechargeable lithium ion battery that provides up to 3 hours of eating time per full charge. Obi is perfect for eating on the go!
Obi gives the diner control over food selection and delivery by automating the motion of a human arm during eating. Through the use of the robotic arm, the device becomes an extension of the user, conducting their intent of what and when to eat.
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Obi
Reference: Robotis Showcase / www.meetobi.com