GeckoSystem’s Elder Care Robots

The CEO for GeckoSystems reported that they're very pleased with the insights and progress resulting from their ongoing elder care robot trials. They initiated the world's very first individual companion robot trials late last fall focused on assisting families caring for their elderly parents.

GeckoSystems is really a dynamic leader within the emerging robotics business revolutionizing their development and usage with "Mobile Robot Solutions for Security, Protection and Service."

GeckoSystems Care Robot

"It pleases me to report that to date we have not encountered any fundamental flaws or deficiencies in any of our suite of enabling technologies such as GeckoNav, GeckoChat, or GeckoTrak. Our proprietary solutions that have allowed us to have these ongoing elder treatment robot trials remain sound and robust in real globe, 'race day' usage.

"Our Japanese representative, Hajime Yasumatsu, updates us one to two times a week on the status of his discussions with an increasing number of interested Japanese robot businesses. The president of Tmsuk recently invited us to visit their lab in Japan such that we may discuss the provide we made them to jointly develop a four degree of freedom arm for upgrading the CareBot to be also physically utilitarian in addition to sensory utilitarian. We would also discuss their interest within the localization of the CareBot for the Japanese marketplace. Marubeni Info Systems is their marketing partner.

Since 1997, GeckoSystems has developed a comprehensive, coherent, and adequate suite of hardware and software inventions to allow a new type of home appliance the CareBot, to be created for that mass customer marketplace. The suite of major inventions includes: GeckoNav, GeckoChat and GeckoTrak.

The major marketplace for this item may be the loved ones for use in eldercare, care for that chronically ill, and childcare. The major distribution channel for this new house appliance may be the thousands of independent personal personal computer retailers in the U.S. The manufacturing infrastructure for this new item category of mobile support robots is essentially the same as the individual computer industry. Several outside contract manufacturers have been identified and qualified their ability to produce up to 1,000 CareBots per month within four to six months.

Not surprisingly, the scientific statistical analyses applied revealed that elderly over sixty-five living alone in metropolitan areas with broadband Internet available and sufficient household incomes to support the increased costs were identified as those most likely to adopt initially. Because of the high cost of assisted living, nursing homes, etc., the payback for any CareBot is expected to become only six to eight months while keeping elderly treatment receivers independent, in their own long time homes, and living longer because of the comfort and safety of much more frequent attention from their loved ones.

"We project the accessible marketplace size in dollars for price effective, utilitarian, multitasking eldercare personal robots in 2011 to become $74.0B, in 2012 to become $77B, in 2013 to be $80B, in 2014 to be $83.3B, and in 2015 to be $86.6B. With marketplace penetrations of .03% in 2011, .06% in 2012, .22% in 2013, .53% in 2014, and .81% in 2015, we will anticipate CareBot sales, from this consumer marketplace segment, only, of $22.0M, $44.0M, $176M, $440.2M, and $704.3M, respectively. We expect these sales despite -- and perhaps because of -- the present recession because of pent up demand for significant price reduction in eldercare expenses," opined Spencer.

The Company's "mobile robot solutions for safety, security and service" are suitable not only for that consumer, but also expert healthcare, commercial security and defense markets. Professional healthcare require price effective, timely errand running, portable telemedicine, etc. Homeland Protection requires price efficient mobile robots to patrol and monitor public venues for weapons and WMD detection. Military users desire the elimination of the "man in the loop" to enable unmanned ground and air vehicles to not require constant human control and/or intervention.

A number of dozen patent opportunities exist for that Company due to the many innovative and price effective breakthroughs embodied not just in GeckoNav, GeckoChat, and GeckoTrak, but also in additional, secondary systems that include: GeckoOrient, GeckoMotorController, the GeckoTactileShroud, the CompoundedSensorArray, and the GeckoSPIO(TM).

GeckoSystems may be the first mobile robot developer within the globe to begin actual in-home eldercare evaluation trials.

So what is it worth for any treatment receiver to have an automatic system to assist take treatment of Grandma? Just 3 or 4 days a month "off" on a daylong shopping trip, a go to with friends, or just take in a movie would price $225-500 per month. And that scenario assumes that Grandma is willing to become taken treatment of by a "stranger" during those required and appropriate days off.

The loved ones can customize the personality of the CareBot. The voice's cadence can be fast or slow. The intonation can be breathy, or abrupt. The voice's volume can range from very loud to really soft. The response phrases from the CareBot for recognized words and phrases can be colloquial and/or unique towards the family's personal heritage. The personality can range from brassy to timid depending on how the care giver, and others appropriate, chooses it to be.

Usually, the treatment receiver is pleased at the prospect of loved ones being able to drop in for a "virtual visit" using the onboard webcam and video monitor for at house "video conferencing." The care receiver might feel much more required and appreciated when their far flung loved ones and friends can "look in" on them anywhere in the world where they can get broadband web access and merely chat for any bit.

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