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BENEVOLENT ROBOTICS UNVEILS ASSISTIVE ROBOT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH QUADRIPLEGIA AT NVC15 FINALE
BOULDER, CO (APRIL 12, 2022) - On April 12, 2022, Benevolent Robotics LLC unveiled its assistive robot for people living with quadriplegia to a full house at the historic Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado.
Benevolent Robotics was chosen as one of four teams to compete in the "lightning pitch" round of the final night of New Venture Challenge, a pitch competition hosted by University of Colorado Boulder. Each team had three minutes to make their pitch and be judged by the decibels of noise made by the enthusiastic audience.
Jon Burroughs, founder of Benevolent Robotics took a few moments to set up the assistive robot and then began the pitch, "At Benevolent, we're creating safe and beneficial robots for the future by building robots to help the humans we love today."
Benevolent Robotics designed its robot, called Fetch, with input from people living with paralysis. It is still an early prototype, but when Fetch is ready for market, it will promote the well-being of people living with paralysis by restoring abilities that most people take for granted.
"Imagine waking up after an accident to a new life , one where getting a glass of water from the kitchen is impossible, or if you drop your phone on the floor, it may as well be on the Moon," Burroughs continued.
According to the Christopher Reeve Foundation, over five million people in the U.S. live with functional paralysis of one or more limbs. In the United States it is estimated that there are around 300,000 people living with quadriplegia, which is the partial or complete paralysis of all four limbs.
"That's why Benevolent is creating Fetch, a robot for the people who need a robot first and most," said Burroughs, gesturing to the blue robot on the stage, equipped with a silver basket and a manipulator.
After presenting a compressed version of the pitch, Burroughs concluded, "If we are going to have benevolent robots in our future, we'll need benevolent companies to make them... this is Fetch, and we're Benevolent Robotics. We help humans."
About Benevolent Robotics
We are developing safe and beneficial robots of the future to help the humans we love today. Learn more about Benevolent Robotics LLC and let us know if you would like to participate in our upcoming pilot studies with Fetch at http://benevolentrobotics.com.