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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

US-French Assistive Robot

US start-up Hoaloha Robotics and French Robosoft announce on an agreement to work collaboratively on the design of a socially assistive robot that can enable individuals who require assistive care to address the challenges to daily living that may come as the result of chronic illness, injury, or aging and empower individuals live more independently, with dignity, and at more sustainable costs.

Robosoft is a pioneer in advanced service robotic solutions addressing high value markets such as automatic transportation, cleaning, security, health and research. In 2006, ROBOSOFT introduced the robuBOX®, based on Microsoft Robotics Studio. The market for assistive robots is one of the most likely opportunities for the emerging personal robotics industry,” says Vincent Dupourqué, CEO of Robosoft. 
With an increasing population needing assistive, rising costs, and shrinking available resources, defining solutions address this challenge is the primary objective for Hoaloha Robotics,” says Tandy Trower, CEO of Hoaloha Robotics. “Teaming up with Robosoft and their experience in robotics is a perfect complement to the software and services that Hoaloha is developing.
Hoaloha Robotics was founded in 2010 by Tandy Trower, an experienced, long-time executive in the personal computer industry and a leader and proponent of user centered design. Having founded Microsoft’s robotics initiative, he has also been a featured speaker at conferences and events on the market and opportunities for emerging robotics technology.  His goal is to create a $5k-10k personal robot in the next five-to-ten years that can address the needs of older adults, such as telepresence activities and other healthcare tasks. 

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