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Monday, November 16, 2009

Home Evaluation Trial for Care Robot

According to a report from Georgia Institute of Techology older adults reported more willingness than younger adults in having a robot perform critical tasks in their home.

The results suggest that both younger and older individuals are more interested in the benefits that a robot can provide than in their interactive abilities. The responses of 117 older adults (aged 65-86) and 60 younger adults (aged 18-25) were analyzed. The results indicated that respondents of both groups were more willing to have robots perform infrequent, albeit important, tasks that required little interaction with the human compared to service-type tasks with more required interaction; they were least willing to have a robot perform non-critical tasks requiring extensive interaction between robot and human.

U.S. company GeckoSystems Intl. Corp has recently announced that they are starting limited in home evaluation trials for their first product, a personal companion home care robot, the CareBot(TM). The company claims to be "the first mobile robot developer in the world to begin actual in-home eldercare evaluation trials".

The primary market for this product is the family for use in eldercare, care for the chronically ill, and childcare. The primary distribution channel for this new home appliance is the thousands of independent personal computer retailers in the U.S. The manufacturing infrastructure for this new product category of mobile service robots is essentially the same as the personal computer industry. Several outside contract manufacturers have been identified and qualified their ability to produce up to 1,000 CareBots per month within four to six months.

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