RhoBite was a team project, designed and developed as a part of the Rehabilitation Engineering design class during my Master’s program. Seven engineers with different backgrounds and myself were the design team for Rhobite. As the clinical liaison for the team, I was involved in evaluating the preferences of the end user and the device fit along with developing the user manual for the device.
RhoBite is a robotic assistive feeding device designed for people with limited use of their upper extremities who want to eat independently. It consists of a programmable robotic arm that allows the user to choose the food they want to eat from three different plates. RhoBite provides users with the ability to eat independently, which in return enhances their independence and quality of life.
It consists of a programmable robotic arm that allows the user to choose the food they want to eat from three different bowls. The robotic arm is attached to a height adjustable table so that it can be positioned to the user for comfortable operation. RhoBite could be pre-programmed for users to control multiple scooping motions to maximize the amount of food cleared from each bowl. It can be controlled using an iPad with programmable screen interfaces, to meet the user specific motor skills. It is light weight, easy to operate and transport.
RhoBite was one of the finalists of the 2012 Pitt’s M G Wells competition.