GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (PINKSHEETS: GCKO)
(http://www.geckosystems.com/) announced today that they have resumed their
in home personal companion robot trials for elder care after pausing during
the Holidays. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the emerging Mobile
Service Robot (MSR) industry revolutionizing their development and usage
with "Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service™."
"Practical, cost effective mobile robot solutions have been our primary
goal for over twelve years. We are very pleased to resume our in home
trials of this new assistive care home appliance, the CareBot™. It is a
customizable personal companion robot with telepresence capabilities.
During the coming months we expect to continue to confirm important care
giving benefits for the elderly and their family's members. Our long held
belief is that personal companion mobile robots, like the CareBot, can help
tens of thousands of families take better care of their loved ones while
saving significant monies is becoming a reality," remarked Martin Spencer,
"We are pleased to report that all subsystems and systems tested to date in
these home trials have functioned as well, if not better than, expected,"
reflected Mark Peele, Vice President, R&D.
While personal robots cannot reliably sense and respond to human emotions,
there are many different means available to the end user. The CareBot's
persona can be easily customized as to voice tonality, cadence, pitch,
breathiness, volume, choice of words, etc. Further, the words and/or
phrases chosen in response to anticipated questions to the CareBot can be
colloquial in the word choice and approximate the native dialect using
various user settings in the software and/or hardware. With the foregoing
capabilities there is now a new type of surrogate companion, not only for
the elderly, but also other family members such as children and/or the
"GeckoChat continues the suite of our fundamental GeckoSavants™ with the
disparate, functional benefits needed to cost effectively provide utility
to families for remote care taking of their members and other loved ones.
This type of beneficial artificial intelligence (AI) makes the CareBot more
personal and uniquely adapted and addressed to the particular person to be
assisted. Not only does this capability enable new forms of social
interaction and community for families -- even when dispersed
geographically -- it will also increase ROI for our investors," remarked
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 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 look forward to further exploration and understanding of
the social interaction between the family, CareBot, and care receiver in
the coming weeks and months of these in home assistive care robot trials.
With these world's first home personal robot trials progressing nicely, we
have already learned a great deal as to the reality of beneficial social
interaction between human and robot in domestic settings. There seems to be
a very important positive -- and unforeseen by some parties -- impact of
valued family behaviors for all members in using a CareBot to communicate
their thoughts and feelings to their beloved family members," concluded
SOURCE: GeckoSystems Intl. Corp.