Snapshot of the Obi self feeder from the front shows the arm and spoon in position over the plate.

The Useful Robot Revolution Is Here

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When you look around your city, your neighborhood and even your own home, you might discover that robots are all around us in more ways than you’ve realized. From the Roomba in your living room to the technology used in manufacturing every day products – robots continue to be on the rise as technology evolves. But how many of these robots provide value to us in truly meaningful ways? While we have robots that can dance, play and entertain, there are so many incredible innovations that robots could bring to the table in terms of health and home care, personal assistance and more.

As the robotics field continues to evolve, a new interest in helpful consumer robotics has emerged, creating robots on a consumer scale rather than those that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to singularly produce. While we’d all love a $150,000 robot to help us fold our laundry or prepare food, the current model isn’t sustainable to help people on a mass scale. We know the need is there to have robots provide value to people every day – and now the new robotics revolution to create useful robots is changing the industry to provide value beyond the more traditional robots of old.

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Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks (infamously known for creating the Roomba and roadside bomb disposing PackBot) agrees with us – and recently shared with the BBC how he’d like to see the industry move from championing “cute” robots to instead focus on creating useful robots that help individuals lead healthier, more productive lives. While he himself has created some of the most helpful robots in recent history, he hopes to see great advances in assistant robots for baby boomers and disaster response robots in the near future. He tells the BBC, “No one wants cute robots – it’s all about doing real tasks to make people’s lives easier.” Clearly, we couldn’t agree more!

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We’re proud to be pioneering Obi as a dignified dining companion, creating a robotic product that’s not only useful to those living with disabilities or medical conditions, but is also affordable to customers for personal use. Useful robots are here to stay, and we’re excited to be pioneering robotic technology that not only looks beautiful, but works beautifully too. We anticipate that useful robotic assistants will continue to be on the rise in the coming years – whether in the form of personal assistants, task managers, or health care assistants, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of the technological curve here at DESiN. While Obi’s our first ground-breaking product, we anticipate that this is only the beginning of creating innovative and meaningful products that not only help individuals, but also our society as a whole.

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Obi team demonstrates their robotic feeding device at the AOTA Expo.

Obi takes on AOTA 2016

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April is Occupational Therapist (OT) month, and what better way to celebrate than by attending the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference & Expo from April 7 – 10. (With more than 10,800 people in attendance, it was a record breaker!)

We were at the conference to introduce ourselves to the industry’s most talented minds. We were excited to speak with hundreds of people one-on-one about their patients’ needs and how Obi can help.

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A behind-the-scenes peek into the AOTA expo

For those who are unfamiliar with the Occupational Therapy profession, let us provide a quick rundown of this vital role within society. Occupational therapists offer a life-changing support role through helping to evaluate, intervene and provide proactive solutions for people of all ages and circumstances. They help people to participate in the things they want and need to do through therapeutic use of everyday activities. This includes dining, for those with circumstances in which they’re unable to eat independently.

With this in mind, it’s no surprise why Obi is so proud to have been a part of a conference focused on a profession that helps to positively impact so many. After all, it truly is a natural fit! At the core of our robotic device is a mission to empower and enhance the lives of those who use it, and Occupational Therapists do just that in their work every day.

Beyond meeting countless amazing industry professionals, there was one person who really stood out as being a positive force during the conference, David Hare.

Obi team demonstrates their robotic feeding device at the AOTA Expo.Above: David Hare is pictured with Obi inventor & Co-Founder Jon Dekar (left) and VP of Customer Experience, Scott Stone (Right)

David is living with ALS and is a personal advocate of Obi. You may have seen his video on our YouTube or Facebook pages, but in the case you have not, we invite you to watch his heartwarming story here. In it, he gracefully shares his journey with ALS, and how Obi has helped to transform his life.

As with most things in life, it’s one thing to talk about something, but taking action is where the heart of one’s passions truly lie. This is why we were honored to have David join our team at the AOTA conference, as he volunteered his time to talk with conference attendees to share Obi’s positive impacts. It was amazing to see him in action, pioneering on behalf of Obi, helping to spread the word about the invention that has, “Given me something back. A sense of independence.”

As newfound connections met the acquaintance of one of Obi’s advocates at the AOTA conference, our team was left feeling honored, humbled, and driven by the momentum that we felt. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to David for generously offering his time to help spread the word about Obi, and we’d like to thank all those that we met for your interest. We look forward to positively impacting the lives of many with our robot in 2016 and beyond!

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