We started placing our pilot robots in people’s homes in February 2021. After delivery and initial setup, we typically left the robots for 5 to 8 weeks for each person to use on their own.
We are grateful to all of the pilot participants for letting us into their homes, providing incredibly helpful feedback, and serving as a constant source of motivation.
Tricia, Labrador’s first pilot user, lives with her husband and two dogs. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over 20 years ago and discovered a myriad of uses for the Retriever. She used the robot to help tidy up the house, move groceries to the kitchen, send food to her husband’s office and carry the laundry. For Tricia, the Retriever helped her be more independent, so she had more time to pursue her passions, like attending car shows with her customized double cab pickup truck.
Armando has worked as a trained emergency medical technician (EMT) for 20+ years. Following his recent stroke, he lost partial use of his right side. Whether carrying deliveries from the front door, meals from the kitchen, clothes to the laundry room or tools for home improvement projects, the Retriever became Armando’s “right hand buddy.”
Janet lives on a former horse ranch with her husband, dogs and rabbits. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over 10 years ago which impacts her balance and energy level. She used the Retriever to assist with carrying heavy household items such as dishes and laundry to help reduce bending and lifting. Janet described the Retriever as an extra set of hands so she could focus on what matters most.
Madge, a retired occupational therapist, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis several years ago. She used the Retriever to assist with household tasks such as laundry, carrying meals and keeping critical items within reach. Madge said the Retriever helped free up more of her time to explore personal interests such as reading, spending time with her grandchildren and pursuing her love of art.