Pilot Program Seeks Wheelchair Users to Trial Robotic Assistive Device
Loro Co. is a start-up developing a unique robotic device mountable to a power wheelchair or bedside. The robot is a rotating orb with a camera, speaker, and an app for a tablet computer. Loro may be controlled with eye-gaze or another input so that users can see 360 degrees (with pan and tilt and a flashlight), speak more fluidly, gesture with a laser and control their environment (with smart home integration).
The start-up is based in Boston at the Harvard innovation lab and in D.C. at the Halcyon incubator. The inventors recently met with Catherine Bly at the AT Regional Center in Boston and she was impressed with their enthusiasm and commitment to their mission!
If you or someone you know would be interested in piloting this cutting-edge assistive device, sign up at the Loro website. The site identifies individuals with ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Muscular Dystrophy and others as appropriate pilot participants.