Office of Disability Services

Obi Robot Program (Eating Assistance Device)

Making the Dining Experience Accessible to All

A white robotic arm brings a spoon to the mouth of a young woman.  There are a variety of foods in the 4 sections of the plate for the diner to choose from. Wright State Office of Disability Services and Chartwells Hospitality Services wants to enhance the dining experience for as many people as possible. For those that find eating independently an obstacle, they may utilize the Obi feeding assistant robot at no cost, to assist in the enjoyment of our culinary offerings thanks to a generous grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program.  

Students, faculty, and staff may utilize an Obi at both the Hangar and the Union Market during regular business hours. A sign like the one below will indicate if the Obi is available for use during your meal. For questions regarding usage, storage, or maintenance, please contact a Chartwells Hospitality Services staff member.

Example sign reads Obi. Please see a hospitality services staff member to set up an Obi for your dining experience. Below the words available and in use with a slider that can be changed to indicate the status.

In addition to the Obis in the Hangar and Union Market, the Office of Disability Services will have a demo unit available for students and their PAs to experience the device in the lobby of ODS in University Hall 180.

Prior to using Obi, the diner must read and sign the Obi User Agreement


Below are some recommendations for making your use of the Obi more enjoyable:

  • An initial Obi User Agreement form will need to be completed by meeting with Katherine Myers in ODS.  This form is only required to be completed once.
  • A Photo I.D. is required to check out an Obi.
  • Use of an Obi is free and available on a first come, first serve basis during operating hours only. No reservations are accepted.
  • Please be patient! Chartwells Hospitality Services Staff may be working with another customer and may not always be immediately available to issue or accept an Obi.
  • Bring a friend or PA to assist you. The Obis will be setup with the assistance of a Chartwells Hospitality Services Staff member, once the Obi is setup the staff member will not be able to stay during the meal.
  • The Obis are not designed to be dropped or abused. Careful handling of the units should be practiced at all times.
  • Keep track of time. Staff must wash, charge and store the Obis before they leave each day. Check with staff to know when you must return the Obi if it’s close to closing time.
  • Please do not leave the Obi unattended. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please email or call (937) 775-5680. 

Obi is funded by a Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant

An orange circle surrounds the text Supported by a Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Today's Care. Tomorrow's Cure.The Reeve Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis. The award was one of 66 grants totaling $1,230,983 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to fund a variety of projects and programs to benefit the paralysis community, strengthening the Reeve Foundation’s dual mission of Today’s Care, Tomorrow’s Cure®. Funding for this new cycle of grants was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL).  

About the Reeve Foundation:

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is the support side of the Reeve Foundation’s twin missions to provide “Today’s Care” and to strive for “Tomorrow’s Cure” and offers a free, comprehensive, national source of informational support for individuals living with paralysis and their caregivers. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at or call 800-539-7309.