GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (PINKSHEETS/exchange>: GCKO) today announced that Martin Spencer, GeckoSystems' president and chief executive officer, will discuss the role of robots in the future of healthcare during their "Mobile Robots in Motion" conference in Atlanta, Ga. 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 is committed to delivering home care robots, such as their CareBot™, as an assistive technology to promote wellness and enhance quality of life for seniors and their families.
"GeckoSystems' consumer healthcare mission is to add years of independent living to the elderly at acceptable levels of risk to the primary caregivers. As an emerging leader in-home care robots, we believe that we have something unique and significant to offer in the field of healthcare due to the dramatic cost savings," stated Spencer.
GeckoSystems is demonstrating at their conference this week that their next-generation practical, personal companion robots have the ability to help caregivers perform critical eldercare monitoring and extend the time that people can live independently. Their CareBot home care robot is capable of assisting in senior care in a variety of real-life situations, such as on-time reminders of medication and enabling a sense of safety due to being "watched over" by family members.
GeckoSystems recently announced their plans to conduct in-home evaluation trials of their advanced home care robots, the CareBot. Due to the end user customization capability of their verbal interaction AI software, GeckoChat™, many perceive the CareBot as being capable of being a personal companion robot with desirable social interaction beyond rote recitation of medication reminders.
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.