A few weekends back, we had the privilege to attend and showcase Obi in action at the Chicago Abilities Expo! If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience the Abilities Expo firsthand, it’s an incredible event held for the community of people living with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals who are looking to discover the newest ability-enhancing innovations and services available. This expo has been around for almost 40 years, and has been hosted around the country – so when we heard that they were going to have an event in nearby Chicago, we knew we had to drive down to experience it for ourselves!
Throughout the three-day expo, we met a variety of inspiring people, who were incredibly smart, kind and excited at what Obi could offer themselves or someone they knew. We had the great fortune of having David Hare join us at the expo, sharing firsthand how Obi has given him dining independence and dignity as someone living with ALS. As always, David was a huge hit – giving live demos of Obi’s technology and design features for the many people (from children to seniors!) who stopped by to check out Obi for themselves
While we’ve attended various conferences and expos in the last year, the Abilities Expo was one of our favorite events to date. Not only did we get to meet some truly inspiring individuals, but we also got to chat with those who would directly benefit from Obi’s technology. Seeing people’s eyes light up when they realized how Obi could help themselves or someone they know was the best feeling in the world, and we’re excited to check in with our new Obi customers to learn how our product is giving them the ability to have dining independence with a newfound dignity. And for those who stopped by to just see our robot in action for fun, everyone made sure to leave our booth with their first “kiss” from a robot. Big props to our fearless co-founder Jon on thinking of that one 😉
Sad you missed out on all the Abilities Expo fun? Make sure to check out our Facebook Live post to see some behind the scenes action, meet our executive team and see David Hare demoing Obi too! Check it out right here.