Obi is a robotic dining companion for people with disabilities | The Verge
- Posted on: July 21, 2016
- Posted in: Disability
This is an amazing robotic arm ‘feeding companion’ that allows disabled people to gain independence with eating. A caregiver commands the device where to move the spoon, and then the arm will happily scoop the meal from any of the four bowls.
It is very expensive at $4500 but some people would be willing to pay this amount to restore precious dignity and allow a much more social experience when dining.
Years ago, when I lost the use of my dominant arm in a motorbike accident, Mum and I taught ourselves how we were going to best eat one-handed and prepare meals, do the dishes and all that fun stuff.
When we dined out I often asked Staff if they would be kind enough to pre-cut my meat, as when I had to wait for Mum to finish cutting for me, her food would get cold. I must admit however over the years I just stopped asking. It seemed less fuss.
We actually had one Brisbane RSL Club refuse to cut my steak, which was very embarrassing. I asked why and the poor waiter returned to the kitchen and came back out sheepishly, responding that the Chef wasn’t able to cut my steak because of Health and Safety.
Yeah right. Good one.