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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Care Robot Market China - Wishfull Thinking?

US service robot manufacturer Gecko Systems is looking East and has identified two atractive market segments for service robots in China: the new Chinese millionairs who are purchasing the latest high-tech gadgets for fun and entertainment and the 20+ miljon elderly with family care needs. It is expected that in the next 5-10 years the Chinese market for family care robots will grow rapidly into a multi-billion dollar market.

Applications the company hopes can attract the Chinese market are cost effective monitoring of the elderly. One of the main reasons for adult children to purchase an elder care robot are concern for their parents living health and quality of life when staying a home alone. Virtual visits, automatic reminders, companionship and automatic emergency notification are some applications that a care robot can offer for elderly and their care givers.

Some ideas what Chinese elderly are thinking about these new gadgets?

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