The first dining robot of its kind

Imagine a dining experience undaunted by limitations.

Where the freedom of food choice and meal pace is controlled with ease and the independent, social aspects of dining are restored.

Welcome to the possibilities.

Obi is an award-winning, revolutionary dining device for individuals who lack upper extremity function. Obi increases independence, social interaction, and effective food capturing like never before.

The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) is the premier awards program for the medtech industry. The MDEA recognize significant achievements in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility.

The R&D 100 Awards have served as the most prestigious innovation awards program for the past 55 years, honoring great R&D pioneers and their revolutionary ideas in science and technology.

Independent, socially inclusive dining

Obi gives the diner control over food selection and delivery by automating the motion of a human arm during eating. Through use of the robotic arm, the device becomes an extension of the user, conducting their intent of what and when to eat.

“Obi has given me back the ability to feed myself and has helped me gain back ten pounds. This is the first time I’ve ever gained something since my diagnosis.”

David   Obi Owner/Diner

1. Smooth and Efficient Food Capture

2. Customized Delivery

3. Intuitive Controls

Automated multi-directional food capture, portion control, spoon wiping, and food repositioning keep food transfer smooth and efficient.

Obi allows the caregiver to quickly and intuitively select a food delivery location from thousands of possibilities within a large volume of space.

Obi’s diner controls their experience through the use of two accessibility switches – one to select the food, and one to command food delivery. 

5. Easy Cleaning

6. Safety Features

Obi’s spoon, plate, and placemat are BPA free and dishwasher safe for easy disinfection.

Obi’s built-in collision detection ensures that the arm will stop and back away from the diner in the event of misuse

Switch Operation

Obi is controlled by any part of the body that can activate an accessibility switch. The switch ports are 3.5 mm barrel jack (headphone jack) connectors, which makes Obi compatible with a variety of switches on the market – even Sip-and-Puff attachments!

Pressure Switches

Micro Light Switches

Pad Switches

Sip and Puff Switches


“I love Obi because it gives me a sense of  independence and freedom to have choices about what I eat throughout the day, when I eat throughout the day, and just really allows me to have energy throughout my day so that I can do my job and be productive. So it’s changed my life!”

Kevin   Obi Owner/Diner

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