GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (PINKSHEETS: GCKO)
(http://www.geckosystems.com/) -- announced today that they have recently
improved their voice synthesis capability due to insights from their in
home personal companion eldercare robot evaluation trials. GeckoSystems is
a dynamic leader in the emerging Mobile Service Robot industry
revolutionizing their development and usage with "Mobile Robot Solutions
for Safety, Security and Service™."
"It was a surprise to all of us that my mother's hearing loss was greater
than believed. Her initial difficulty understanding the CareBot was due to
lack of volume and clarity. Now the engineers at GeckoSystems have
upgraded the voice synthesis capability of GeckoChat™, I am scripting
many different seasonal greetings and reminders to keep mom in a more
festive mood for the coming holidays," said the baby boomer caregiver.
"We were surprised, too. We have been using our previous audio amplifier
for several years now. Historically it has always been loud enough and
clear enough. As a result of our ongoing evaluation trials we have
upgraded one CareBot already and plan to upgrade the rest soon. These
important insights and the improvements we learn from them will enable our
CareBots to be even more desirable by our target market and our increased
sales will provide a greater ROI for our stockholders," reflected 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 a lightweight 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 all
fully autonomous maneuvering, such as avoiding dynamic and/or static
obstacles, running errands 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
"We continue to learn more about the beneficial social interactions between
human and robot in domestic settings. There seems to be a very important
positive impact for valued, extended family behaviors using a CareBot to
communicate -- while not physically present -- their thoughts and feelings
to their cherished elderly family members," concluded Spencer.
SOURCE: GeckoSystems Intl. Corp.