Obi – the robotic dining companion

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Technology has been making our lives easier and better for decades, and at increasing rates. Work is continually under way to cure disease, help those with disabilities and improve our quality of life, and Obi is a fine example of this endeavour.

The small robot arm is designed to help people with diseases which impair motor function, such as ALS and Parkinsons, to eat with only minimal need of a carer.

 

The carer teaches the arm to navigate toward the patients mouth upon first use, and Obi knows what to do next time around. This is a positive step forward in consumer robotics which will not only aid the care worker but also give dignity back to the patient. Kudos, we say to its creators, this is a wonderful example of empowering tech.

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