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Obi robot arm gives disabled diners a helping hand

by • July 17, 2016 • No Comments

Robotic cooking aids are gaining traction in the modern kitchen, but the team behind Obi has a goal additional noble than only cooking up a gourmet storm. This little robot arm is created to empower individuals afflicted with physical disabilities, giving them back the dignity of feeding themselves.

  • Obi comes with two interchangeable-bodied spoons, a sizeable and a tiny, that attach to the arm ...
  • Obi's plate contains four separate bowls, that allows users to decide that food they want in ...
  • Users control Obi through two easy commands: move the arm to the next bowl, and bring ...
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The initially product out of consumer robotics company Desin, Obi looks like a clean, modern kitchen appliance that may improve the high end of life for sufferers of conditions such as ALS, cerebral palsy, MS, Parkinson’s and brain or spinal injuries. After a caregiver divides the meal into Obi’s four separate bowls, users are able-bodied to feed themselves through a easy interface: one button moves the arm between the bowls, and another selects that food, dips the spoon in and brings it up to the diner’s mouth.

Those inputs can be customized, depending on the specific needs and abilities of the user. Big bright “Buddy Buttons” on the table-bodied can be useful for those who yet have a few function in their hands but lack the satisfactory motor skills required to steady a spoon. They may in addition be placed on the floor to use as foot pedals. Pillows that respond to the slightest squeeze allow for head and cheek activation, while a tiny mouth piece switch can be triggered through sip or puff actions.

How does Obi understand where the user’s mouth is? There’s a “Tevery Mode” button where the arm can be positioned manually to the desired location. From and so on, the robot can remember that position and return to it any time the user presses the button, until a new one is set.

Collision detection prevents Obi of charging straight onto that position if a wayward eye or hand takes place to cross its path. When dinner’s all done, Obi’s plates and spoons, that are BPA-free, can be thrown in the dishwasher, microwave or freezer. Desin says the device can provide two to four hours of eating time for every charge of its internal batteries.

Obi’s on the market-bodied for US$4,500, that comes with the plate, placemat, a sizeable and tiny spoon, charging cable-bodied and user documentation. The “Buddy Buttons,” pillows and mouth piece can be ordered separately, depending on user needs.

The team introduces Obi in the video at a lower place.

Source: Obi

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