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OBI – the robotic arm that gives people with disabilities a chance to feed themselves

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There are all kinds of disabilities that keep people from doing as many things as they want to on their own. Some are genetic and some are caused by accidents but regardless of how, losing independence can be a terribly depressing reality for many people. OBI is the robotic arm that wants to help people with disabilities gain their independence in one are; eating.

This is a robot that feeds people who have physical disabilities. In order to use this device, they will have to have the ability to access some minor controls as well as understand simple instructions. They still need a caregiver to set it up but once the food is in, the individual can eat at their own pace. It is a robotic arm that scoops and serves the food to the person eating.

This allows for them to have some margin of independence with their food. It also lets them enjoy meals with their families instead of having to be fed by them. OBI is $4,500.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • MusicalBox

    This looks amazing. But there is something a bit annoying about the video. And unfortunately it gives me doubts about the real efficiency of this robot. They show us Obi moving the spoon around in the bowl, then a cut, then a spoon with food perfectly pilled on it going to the mouth of the user. Why didn’t they show us the hole thing ? If it is not perfect, so be it. It is still something that could help a lot of people. When I should feel happy about a product that was created to make life better, I sadly see advertising manipulation to make the said product appear better than it is.

    If I’m wrong and it works perfectly, then show it in the video ! It would help to prevent paranoid minds like mine from seeing conspirations and manipulation everywhere :-/
    Two birds with one stone.

    • Totally agree. You only have to look at crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter to see this sort of manipulation all the time. It’s not paranoia, it’s a disease.

      • MusicalBox

        So… You’re saying I’m not crazy in my head?

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