Millions of people from all over the world suffer from some sort of disability. While some disability are relatively easier to live with, others can still disrupt the patients life in a large way.
While there are many things that disabled people have to deal with on a daily basis, however, one of the most degrading aspect is probably the inability to eat on their own.
We as regular people may not think of these things, but it’s still a very big part of life for people suffering from serious conditions such as ALS, cerebral palsy, MS, Parkinson’s and brain or spinal injuries.
What makes it even more difficult is the fact that having to rely on other people to feed yourself is more humiliating that we might think, since these people too have a right to go through life with dignity.
Now, a robotics company called Desin wishes to restore that dignity to these people, by introducing Obi, a robotic arm aimed at helped disabled people eat on their own.
The working of the robot is quite simple. All the caregiver has to do is divide the meal into the four bowls on the device. The disabled person can then use one button to select one of the bowls and another to dip the spoon and bring the food in to their mouth.
To ensure universal usability, the device also comes with special foot pedals, pillows and mouth pieces that replace the buttons for easier access.
This way, the caregivers can customize the inputs of the device to suit the specific needs of the user. The output (arm movement’s) can also be modified via the Teach Mode, which lets the device learn where the arm needs to be positioned as well as where the mouth of the patient is.
This learning ability is further enhanced with Collision Detection, so that Obi never makes a mistake during feeding time. The time itself is limited to 2-4 hours per charge.
To make this a complete package, Obi’s plates and spoons have been made BPA-Free, so that they can be placed in the dishwasher, microwave or freezer without worry.
As you can see by now, this is a great product which serves a huge need. If you want to purchase it as well, you can head to Obi’s Website and order it for $4,500.
This amount will provide you with the arm, plate, placemat, a large and small spoon and charging cable. The buddy buttons, pillows and mouth pieces are sold separately.