GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (PINKSHEETS/exchange>: GCKO) announced today that during their first annual "Mobile Robots in Motion" conference November 4-5, 2009 attendees will be able to observe and discuss the CareBot's™ graceful movement enabled by the GeckoMotorController™. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the emerging mobile robotics industry revolutionizing their development and usage with "Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service™."
GeckoSystems invented a low cost means of adding an optical encoder such that they can use a closed loop system to manage the individual motor speeds with GeckoMotorController™ software. The GeckoMotorController uses a proprietary "self adaptive" constant energy paradigm for extraordinarily smooth acceleration and de-acceleration of their mobile service robots which enables longer battery life between charges.
"The control algorithms for the GeckoMotorController have evolved and currently enable the smoothest motion control we have achieved to date," stated Mark Peele, Vice President, Research and Development, GeckoSystems.
"A 'herky jerky' mobile robot platform can be very distracting when proximate to people and other living creatures. We are very pleased with the ballet smooth movement that is now one of our many mobile robot solutions. This friendlier, non-intimidating movement of our mobile robots -- and their longer battery life -- will further speed the adoption of them by the consumer, professional healthcare, and commercial/homeland security marketplaces, while increasing ROI for our investors," concluded Martin Spencer, President/CEO, GeckoSystems.
Like an automobile, mobile robots are made from steel, aluminum, plastic, and electronics, but with ten to twenty times the amount of software running. The CareBot has an aluminum frame, plastic shroud, two independently driven wheels, multiple sensor systems, microprocessors and several onboard computers connected in a local area network (LAN). The microprocessors directly interact with the sensor systems and transmit data to the onboard computers. The onboard computers each run independent, highly specialized cooperative/subsumptive artificial intelligence (AI) software programs, GeckoSavants™, which interact to complete tasks in a timely, intelligent and common sense manner. GeckoNav™, GeckoChat™ and GeckoTrak™ are primary GeckoSavants. GeckoNav is responsible for maneuvering, avoiding dynamic and/or static obstacles, seeking waypoints and patrolling. GeckoChat is responsible for interaction with the care-receiver such as answering questions, assisting with daily routines and reminders, and responding to other verbal commands. GeckoTrak, which is mostly transparent to the user, enables the CareBot to maintain proximity to the care-receiver using sensor fusion. The CareBot is an internet appliance that is accessible for remote video/audio monitoring and telepresence.
As predicted in the recent Forbes' article (http://www.forbes.com/2009/09/17/robots-health-care-technology-breakthroughs-telehealth.html), due to the sufficiency and cost effective robustness of GeckoSystems' first product, the CareBot™, near term in home evaluation trials have been recently announced. This conference will enable many industry observers to witness and determine for themselves the proximity to market and consumer acceptance their first product will enjoy.